One of our latest additions is this super sweet Japanese Manineki-Neko cat - or lucky cat - ceramic pendant NEKO-LACE necklace. These babies are seen all over the orient as a lucky talismanic charm, which is meant to beckon in luck, with its waving arm. And when we say luck, traditionally it's often thought to be of the monetary kind, which is why you often see them in shop and restaurant windows, but they are now seen as more of general good vibes, luck magnet for all aspects of your life.
In fact, different colour Neko mean different things:
Calico: Traditional color combination, considered to be the luckiest
White: Happiness, purity, and positive things to come (OUR ONE! with red and decorative elements)
Gold: Wealth and prosperity
Black: Wards off evil spirits
Red: Success in love and relationships
Green: Good health
The story goes that according to a legend from the Edo period in Japan (17th century to mid-19th century) there was a wealthy man who took shelter from a rainstorm under a tree next to a temple. He noticed a cat that seemed to be beckoning to him, so he followed it inside the temple. Shortly thereafter, lightning struck the tree he had been standing under. Because the cat had saved his life, the man was so grateful, he became a benefactor of the temple and brought it much prosperity. When he passed away, a statue of the cat was made in is honor. Orr..... there's a slightly more out there tale, involving a geisha and her pet cat, who she totally adored. One day, it was tugging at her kimono and the owner of the brothel thought the cat was possessed, so he sliced off its head with a sword (bit OTT maybe?) So... the cat's head flew threw the air and landed on a snake about to strike, killed the snake and saved the woman. The geisha was so distraught by the loss of her cat that one of her customers made a statue of the cat to cheer her up, and it became a lucky talisman because of those fortuitous final moments. Maybe we go with legend one??
Either way, we are totally into these Lucky Cat vibes and thought we'd do a run down of some cool LC products you can rock alongside your NEKO-LACE, in your wardrobe or home too!
1. You can often pick up your own figurine in Asian super markets or China Town/Little Tokyo's but we rather like this sweet little guy from ModCloth $14.99
2. And this golden one from Urban Outfitters £6.00
4. Massively crushing on these couture tasseled lucky cat dresses by NATI 100% PURE IDEA available on etsy £170
5. For a more off the rack option (and price!) there is Run & Fly's CAT SWING DRESS on Attitude Clothing for £29.99
7. Looking for a Pretty floral Neko motif phone case? Check this beauty by Indiana illustrator Monica Stregal out on CASETIFY £24.99
8. Go full on Japanese culture crazy with this Neko/Nippon flag combo on a cushion by JOLLY WOLLY VINTAGE £21.35
10. Canadian graphic designers PICA, who lived and fell in love with Japan, have this triple luck MANEKI-NEKO Calendar where the cat is also holding a Daruma doll, that is also a symbol of luck and fortune and a fish on it's belly, also a symbol of abundance and good fortune! $25.00
12. Sit down with a cuppa and drink in the luck with this cool design by London-based fashion designer Bryony Moss, who creates illustrations for textiles, interiors and homeware products like this Lucky Cat mug. £12.00
And if you'd like to spread the luck, send some along with her LC cards, we are digging his nonchalant, wealth and positivity beckoning vibes!