Huge Maneki Neko

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

We came across this huge maneki neko beckoning cat in Gero Onsen in Gifu Prefecture, two hours by car north of Nagoya.

The big pot pussy is situated outside a popular souvenir shop just across the bridge on the way to JR Gero Station and the bus station.

Huge Maneki Neko Gero

Maneki neko are believed to bestow good fortune and this particular maneki is called a koban maneki neko as it is holding a gold coin, called a koban, in front of its stomach, with "Million" rather optimistically displayed.

Large scale maneki neko are something of a party piece for some businesses in Japan and many of them are manufactured in Tokoname, south of Nagoya, an ancient kiln town famous for its maneki neko, which you can buy on our sister site GoodsFromJapan.