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Manekineko Museum of Art


Do you know manekineko (a beckoning cat)’ which is believed to be auspicious in Japan?
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Manekineko is a doll of a cat which put up its hand
It is said that the cat brings you good luck or money
For that reason, manekineko is often displayed in shops or offices in Japan.


We visited ‘Manekineko Museum of Art’ in Okayama City this time
It takes about 20min by car from JR Okayama station.
It could be difficult to get to the museum since it’s located in the mountain.


Here’s the museum It’s not so big, but lovely place.
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Look, two manekineko are at the entrance to welcome us


This museum exhibits 700 of manekineko.
Those cats came from a private collection of the first curator of the museum.
He was really into manekineko, and he had been collecting them for 20years


You can see various kinds of manekineko from different period.
Also, its materials are diverse, such as paper, wood, ceramics, and stone
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Incidentally, how did manekineko begin

There are different legends about it.
I’ll tell you one of them, it’s about Gotokuji temple in Tokyo.

It's set during the Edo era.

The load of Hikone clan, Naotaka Ii passed Gotokuji temple on the way to his home.
He saw a cat beckoning at the gate of the temple, so he stopped by the temple
Right after he entered the temple, the thunderstorm blew up
Naotaka appreciated the cat, and he donated much money to the temple after that.

Years later, the doll which was modeled on the cat was made, and it became popular. People called the doll ‘manekineko’.


By the way, do you realize that some manekineko raise their left hands, and others raise right hands
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Actually, each of them has a different meaning.
The left hand brings people, and the right hand brings money.


In addition, the cat holding up both hands gives you people and money.
Furthermore, it is said that the higher level the hand is lifted, the more luck is brought
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Also, its colour has meanings
For instance, white means ‘good luck’, black means ‘keep away from evil’,
red means ‘good health’, and gold means luck with money’.


This is the biggest manekineko in the museum.
It’s made of a camphor tree (kusunoki) , and it’s about 100kg in weight
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The cat is set on straw bags, and we saw a lot of coins stuck in the bags


This cat obviously looks powerful We might be millionaire in the future
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We explored the museum
(left) It’s a manekineko lamp.
         It brings you good luck, and it illuminates your room softly as well Very useful
(right) Stone manekineko. Cute
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This manekineko was made in Bali.
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The egg-shaped object engraved with a cat is really unique
It’ s totally different from Japanese manekineko.

I wondered if cats have special meanings in Bali as well as Japan
Because, each country has different animals that means good luck

For example, Korean people consider that pigs bring happiness
Whereas, Chinese people believe that flogs and turtles make them happy 

It’s fascinating, isn’t it


Those are my favorite cats 
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We swung by the museum shop. 
It sells manekineko items such as postcards, figures, and mobile straps.
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Apparently, some customers who bought manekineko here won a prize in a lottery
I’m sure manekineko made them rich


This room is for ‘fukufuda’.
Fukufuda is a piece of paper which has manekineko on it (see the photo on the left side) .
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You are supposed to write your wishes on it, and stick it on the wall so that your dreams come true


I put fukufuda on the top of the wall since I couldn’t find enough room for it
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We also find red fukufuda
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It’s for people who were fulfilled their wishes.
They came back to the museum and stuck red fukufuda to express their gratitude.


I saw loads of red fukufuda, so it means … manekineko is truly great and powerful
If you were granted one wish, what would it be


Manekineko Museum of Art
Address: 865-1 Kanayamaji, Kita Ward, Okayama City
Tel: 086-228-3301
Opening time: 10:00-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Close: Wednesdays, the year end
Admission fee: adults 600yen , children(under 15) 300yen
Access: 20min by car from JR Okayama station
Car Park: 30 cars
www.manekineko-m.jp/index.html


大きな地図で見る



The best location for taking a photo


This cat will give you a power
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