The new year arrives and it is common to find people making resolutions, setting intentions and seeking good luck and fortune for the year ahead. For the lover cats then you need look no further than the wonderful Maneki – Neko (lucky cats) from Japan which are good luck symbols and welcoming talismans. Found in a variety of styles and colors these cats are portrayed with a beckoning paw (or two) which attracts luck and prosperity. Usually made in ceramic or plastic their different colors are connected to specific fortunes they are encouraging and they may have one paw or two raised. They can sometimes be found with their paw waving or with a coin in the paw and can be found throughout Japan at the front of businesses or given places of respect in family altars. The origins and history of this welcoming figurine are varied but a short description can be found at Sushi Cat and a much more detailed and academic overview is provided by the knowledgeable people at the Department of Anthropology at University of California Irvine (wow!!). Over time the Japanese cat found its way to China and can be seen in Chinese restaurants, businesses and homes. If you love cats and want to bring luck and fortune into your life then get yourself a Maneki – Neko and the lucky cat will beckon good fortune into your life.