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Thousands of "maneki-neko" cat figurines are displayed at Gotoku Temple in Tokyo on Wednesday. The figurines, believed to bring good luck, are placed around a statue of the goddess of mercy by visitors.

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Interesting - they're all right handed ones!

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Why the cat, you ask? (Neko means cat in Japanese) Because cats are often seen cleaning their face with its paw, which gesture looks similar to a human beckoning someone to come over/closer. Reason we don't make any "maneki-inu" (dog) is because all we ever see them do is lick their friggin' ba--s in public. あっ、ごめんなさい!

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Jonathan - great eyesight to see they are all right handed. Is there a significance in which paw they have raised?

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very CATatonic looking figurines

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Picture of Goddess of Mercy too should have been shown before whom thousands of maneki-neko are displayed at Gotoku temple in Tokyo. In our country too, we have goddess of wealth - Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess of wisdom -Goddess Saraswati , both worshipped by millions of people in the country with full respect and devotion.

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There's a comprehensive account of maneki nekos at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maneki-neko

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