Maneki neko

The Maneki neko is a very popular japanese sculpture, made of porcelain, glas, plastic or ceramic and people think it brings good luck. Literally Maneki neko means ” cat that calls you” or ” cat of luck” and it represents a cat that calls or welcomes someone with a gesture of the left paw up. In Japan it’s usually exposed out of the shops and restaurants because it attracts money and customers.

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Kokeshi doll

The origins of the traditional Kokeshi date back 400 years ago in the North-east of Japan, precisely in a territory called Tohoku.

They were little dolls made of wood and sold as a souvenir, during the Winter,  to the tourists who visited the area.

The tourists took them home to their children because playing with kokeshi had positive influences, infact they were made to wish for a good harvest or to impress positively divinities.

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Daruma doll

The Daruma doll represents Bodhidharma, founder and first patriarch of Zen. The most common colour of this doll is red because red was the cloak that the patriarch wore. The doll has a man stylised face with beard and mustache but the eyes are white circles. Using a black ink, you need to draw just one eye and you can express a desire; if the desire will come true, also the second eye can be drawn.

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