Exploring the Significance of Maneki-neko as Japan’s Business Lucky Charm

NHK WORLD-JAPAN has released an informative video highlighting the cultural significance and beliefs surrounding the Maneki-neko, a traditional Japanese lucky charm. Frequently spotted in businesses across Japan, these ceramic figurines are believed to bring good fortune and prosperity. The belief is rooted in the notion that a cat washing its face can herald incoming rain, prompting people to take shelter in nearby shops.

  • The Maneki-neko is a popular lucky charm in Japan, often seen in businesses.
  • It is believed to bring good fortune and prosperity to shop owners and businesses.
  • The charm is rooted in the superstition that a cat washing its face predicts rain, which in turn drives people into shops for shelter.
  • Maneki-neko figurines are typically made of ceramics.
  • These charms can be commonly spotted in various establishments, such as restaurants and shops throughout Japan.

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