Traditional ceramic in Ishikawa for Maneki-neko cat
There are many lucky items also in Japan. The people have loved traditional Maneki-neko, waving good luck cat, as an ornament in a store or room.
The waving forepaw means that it bring in fortune or money. We can buy figures of a lucky cat made of plastic at a low price, nevertheless ceramic is most popular (it would give more blessing).
The traditional craft of Ishikawa Prefecture Kutani ware is a pottery which has more than 340 years history.
The ceramic has various style of coloring and the elegant painting. The high-quality and beautiful Maneki-neko porcelain would bring you more fortune or money. Of course, the cute cats are really suitable for an ornament!
Feeling tempted to collect! Kutani porcelain lucky cats
Actually, there are a lot of different kinds of a beckoning cat. Each color and pose have the meaning (some cats don’t even wave the forepaws!). You might as well to collect your favorite style or various colors. Because Kutani-yaki has various kinds of Maneki-neko.
A color of a general lucky cat is white. That is traditional. But it took in the element of Chinese Feng Shu and many colors.
The blessing of the white cat is most popular, overall “good luck”. The first Maneki-neko for a room, isn’t it?
The blessing of the black cat is “protecting from evil” and “well‐being of a family”. The black cat rather a guardian than an unlucky symbol in Japan.
The blessing of the yellow cats is “luck with money” and “prosperity”. Yellow means soil and it brings money and prosperity.
The blessing of the red cat is “good health” and “longevity”. The origin is that it was said the god of smallpox hated the color.
The blessing of the pink cat is “success of love”. The color would express romance everywhere.
You would notice the cats put either of their paws up, right or left. There are the meanings. And there are Maneki-neko figures without waving the paw. They are also popular in these days.
A lucky cat putting up its left paw brings in “people”. Customers or friends, anyway when you hope to have more connecting with others.
A lucky cat putting up its right paw brings in “money”. So the yellow cat porcelain is perfect to become rich?
If you’re going to hope, don’t you hope both of money and people come around? Yes, here is the beckoning cat with both paws or two lucky cats.
Does sleeping cat is useful for something? No. But that’s not what this Maneki-neko means. The hope of the lucky cat is enough peace a cat can sleep in relief.
The bless of handstanding cat is “overcoming a difficulty”. Whatever a cat have a posture, it can make a good landing.