It has survived between Edo, Meiji, Taisho, Showa and Heisei era, five eras, and continues causing fortune for the people. It is said that raising left hand is a “person invitation” and raising right hand is a “money invitation”. It reflected the change of the times, and various divine favor including the “love” ,”longevity” and “big hit of public lottery ” has been given.
“Generally, a maneki-neko depicts a calico cat , but in recent years there have been not only traditional maneki-neko in white, red or black but also ones in pink, blue or gold. Each color has a different meaning, so that a blue maneki-neko is believed to bring ‘academic achievement’ or ‘traffic safety,’ and a pink one is believed to bring ‘good luck in love’ to the owner. In ancient Japan, a black cat symbolized an amulet or good fortune as ‘fukuneko’ (a good-luck cat) because it could see also in the night. Red was believed to be a color of protecting people from smallpox or measles, so a red maneki-neko referred to protection from infectious disease.” by Wikipedia
The record-breaking pet boom was coming combined with the popularity of the cat lover in the Heisei era, so a great variety of maneki-neko came to be made. The artists who design a new style of a maneki-neko are increasing .
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