Maneki Neko: the non-waving cat
story by Xiaojun Zhang
The Lucky Cat is an object found in almost every Chinese-Indonesian restaurant in the Netherlands. Though associated with Chinese communities in the Netherlands, its origins actually lie in Japan. This story tells the cat’s journey from Japan to China, and from China to the West. Moreover, it unravels the symbolism of the cat’s paw, the colors, and the bling.