Saturday, August 23, 2008

Pink Saturday - Lucky Cat

Beverly at the blog How Sweet the Sound has a great idea! It's Pink Saturday. Post about something pink, on Saturday. Here are the rules if you want to Get Pink!

This is my pink Maneki Neko, or Lucky Cat. Also called a "Beckoning Cat" or "Welcoming Cat," it is a Japanese statuette meant to bring luck. You see them a lot in Japanese restaurants and stores. The symbol dates from the Edo period, and became really popular during the Meiji period, in the late 19th century.

There are many legends surrounding the Lucky Cat. One has it that a nobleman out walking noticed a cat beckoning to him, and, responding, he slipped a trap that had been awaiting him. Another has a courtesan's beloved cat pawing her kimono, until she realizes it is warning her about a snake. There is another belief that a cat washing its face means a visitor will arrive. The Lucky Cat is associated with good fortune coming in the door - whether it is many customers to one's business, or many good things in one's personal life.

Maneki Neko come in many colors, and are depicted holding different symbols. They may also hold up either left or right paw, or both, depending on whether one wishes good fortune in one's personal life or in business.

I got my Maneki Neko in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo. It is not the traditional form of the statue, but a funny fat little minx of a cat. And she's pink, which is not a traditional color, although it's very popular nowadays, and is associated with romance. She holds a coin, which brings money and wealth.

At home, my Maneki Neko sits on my bathroom cabinet, where I hope she'll bring me luck in the form of good hair days and smear-free eye-makeup.

While visiting Little Tokyo, we also visited the Fugetsu-Do Sweet Shop, where they were offering beautifully colored mochi sweets. Aren't they pretty? And pink?

We stepped into little variety stores full of toys and manga figures. There were also packages of origami paper for sale, and little coin purses made from kimono fabric - they looked like Lucky Cats, too.

I bought one big enough to hold a lipstick. And it's pink!

We discovered a secret little courtyard bar, where we sat for a moment. I ordered a pink cocktail.

And how was your Pink Saturday?

22 comments:

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Glennis. Thanks for letting me know in your comment. I can't find where I received your reply to my e-mail.

I hope you are having a wonderful time. I enjoyed reading about the story of Lucky Cat. And, your pink cocktail looks delicious.

Joy said...

Interesting, Glennis. I've learned something new today, and enjoyed looking at one very cute pink cat!

dana said...

I certainly enjoyed your Lucky Cat information! I need one of those for my bathroom, too! Can a person have more that one? I could use one in the kitchen when I cook! Loved your post! Dana

Jeanne said...

Glennis, I love your history about the lucky cat. Very interesting. The goodies look so good it is making me hungry. The little pink cat purse is too cute. I like your pink cocktail to finish off your days adventure. Mmmmmmm.

Thank you for your sweet comments about my upcoming surgery. I appreciate it so much.

Hugs...Jeanne

GABRIELA DELWORTH said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

I love your PINK post! I have seen these cats, they are so cute! And your sweets look so very yummy!!!

~ Gabriela ~

paintinpatti said...

Happy Pink Saturday - I enjoyed reading about the Lucky Cats - and wonder if those pink sweets are as delicious as they look? Your pages are VERY interesting!

Virginia said...

Enjoy reading about your Lucky Cat and all the goodies look so yummy.
Have a Happy and Bless Pink Saturday, Virginia

Darlene said...

I love that little pink "lucky" cat!! The pink cocktail looks good too! lol

Abuela Beauty said...

Hi Glennis!
Lucky cat!! And pink!!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Besitos from Argentina!
Silvia

Marina Capano said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Glennis.I love your history about the lucky cat. Very interesting.

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Glennis!

Happy Pink saturday! Love your cute Lucky Cat!

Maryjane

Dawn said...

I learned something new. I didn't know about the Lucky Cat. You are a wealth of information!!!

Oh, those treats look pretty tasty!!!

Happy Pink Saturday!

take care,
Dawn

Anne Fannie said...

Hello Glennis, Happy Pink Saturday!
I love all your pink goodies especially that cute pink cat!
Love, Ann

Vanessa Greenway said...

That lucky cat is just so adorable! So cute! xo Vanessa

KathyR said...

Your cat looks a bit like another Japanese creation: Kirby.

marianne said...

Thanks for the history of your lucky cat - I love your pink collection - those sweets look delish... as does that pink cocktail. sounds like you had fun.

Have a great Pink Day! :)

Susan Hickam said...

Cute kitties both! happy pink saturday!

Patricia said...

Your pink cat is lovely. Happy Pink Saturday !!!

Joanna {sweet finds} said...

My daughter would love your 2 pink cat items. She is forever changing the objects in which she collects. One week it's cats, then frogs. I can never keep up with her. :) xoxo, Joanna

Suzie Button said...

I think we all need a good luck pink kittie! Oh, and the sweets look divine! Happy pink day to you!

Karen said...

Love the pink cat...and the pink and green goodies.

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