Fortune Cat is known as Maneki Neko in Japanese, which means “beckoning cat.” The cat has its paw raised as if it’s waving in good fortune for its owners.
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This Fortune Cat, or Maneki Neko, is a lucky cat charm that’s very popular in Japanese and Chinese cultures. The Maneki Neko is a talisman that is believed to attract good luck and fortune for its owners. Thus, it’s very common to find a Maneki Neko on display in stores, restaurants and other businesses.
The meaning behind which paw the Maneki Neko cat is holding up. If it’s the left paw, this is supposed to attract customers. If the right paw is raised, this invites good fortune and money.