Thursday, July 9, 2009
Will Miss #6 - welcome cats (maneki neko)
When I first arrived in Japan, I loved seeing the statues and figures of cats beckoning to customers to welcome them into the establishment. The statues are cute, but not painfully, annoyingly cute. The standard statue design is both impassive and oddly warm.
While I've grown so used to them that they feel mundane, I think I'll miss them when I leave.