Here are three Maneki-neko (Beckoning Cat) paper toys, created by superibee. The maneki-neko is a common Japanese figurine, usually made of ceramic in modern times, which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. The figurine depicts a cat beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed – often at the entrance – in shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and other businesses. Some of the sculptures are electric or battery-powered and have a slow-moving paw beckoning. The maneki-neko is sometimes also called the welcoming cat, lucky cat, money cat, happy cat, or fortune cat in English.
There are other paper toy versions at the site:
Moving Arm Lucky Cat (Maneki Neko) V2 Free Paper Toy
Moving Arm Lucky Cat (Maneki Neko) Free Paper Craft
Canon Papercraft – Lucky Cat (Beckoning for Money) Free Paper Toy
Canon Papercraft – Lucky Cat (Beckoning People) Free Paper Toy
Canon Papercraft – Lucky Cat Free Paper Toy
Maneki-neko come in different colors, styles, and degrees of ornateness. Common colors are white, black, gold and sometimes red. In addition to ceramic figurines, maneki-neko can be found as keychains, piggy banks, air fresheners, house-plant pots, and miscellaneous ornaments, as well as large statues. The Maneki-neko are sometimes mistakenly called the “Chinese lucky cat”, as it is also increasingly popular among Chinese merchants. For more information of Lucky Cat please click here.
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