The Maneki Neko is a popular Japanese symbol which is believed to bring good luck to the owner. The Maneki Neko comes in a range of styles and colours, but there are a number of features which are common.
Maneki Neko are traditionally a Japanese Bobtail Cat beckoning with an upright paw. It can be either the right or left paw raised, and sometimes it is both, and there are opposing views as to the significance of which paw is raised.
It is commonly believed that the higher the paw is raised, the greater the luck it brings, or alternatively the greater the distance the good fortune will travel. This has resulted in the height of the paw increasing over the years.
The Maneki Neko has also become a popular symbol of good luck for other cultures, particularly for those interested in Japan. Many people blend parts of Japanese culture with their own, making it truly unique.
The fusion of Western and Japanese cultures continues with this lovely binder from JellyRollDesigns featuring a maneki neko holding a halloween jack o'lantern filled with treats and sweets. The binder can be customized with your own text to make it your own personalized binder - to fill with pictures, photos, stories or whatever you wish.