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Maneki-neko: A Japanese waving cat reduced to £0.75 from £3.50 instore @ Tesco
Maneki-neko: A Japanese waving cat reduced to £0.75 from £3.50 instore @ Tesco

Maneki-neko: A Japanese waving cat reduced to £0.75 from £3.50 instore @ Tesco

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Maneki-neko: is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman) which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner.
Reduced to clear at £0.75; these must have been stocked for Chinese new year. Found at Feltham Tesco & there were quite a few in stock.

P.S. It is solar powered.

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Wave goodbye to 75P
But still good for the kids.
Edited by: "xdaminis" 8th Feb

I've got one sitting waving at me, well technically beckoning at me, on top of my monitor right now. Can't say it's attracted a huge amount of luck so far though.

They didn't happen to have any of the maneki-neko shaped tealights in stock in feltham did they?

Bought! Now I just need a Chinese restaurant to go with it.

Probably waving goodbye to your sanity.

I don't understand... why would a Japanese cat, be used to celebrate Chinese New Year?

It's not waving, it's clawing in money and good fortune.

Great price, even cheaper than the Ladies' Market in HK!

OMG I want one
off to check Tesco's today then

Is it also a clock? Just noticed the rectangular lcd below the cat

naturelover

Is it also a clock? Just noticed the rectangular lcd below the cat



That's a luck counter. Pays out when it gets to 888.

Joking aside looks like a solar panel to me

Not very lucky for Tesco then being stuck with so much stock :-)

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naturelover

Is it also a clock? Just noticed the rectangular lcd below the cat


No, the cat is solar powered, & the rectangular piece is the solar sensor

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kutekitty

I don't understand... why would a Japanese cat, be used to celebrate … I don't understand... why would a Japanese cat, be used to celebrate Chinese New Year?


It is very popular in Chinese people as a luck-charm, & it's used as a gift for Chinese new year. It is often mistaken as a Chinese lucky charm

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dallaswinston

They didn't happen to have any of the maneki-neko shaped tealights in … They didn't happen to have any of the maneki-neko shaped tealights in stock in feltham did they?


They had lanterns, dragon-toy, some wall-hangings, But didn't notice tealights

kutekitty

I don't understand... why would a Japanese cat, be used to celebrate … I don't understand... why would a Japanese cat, be used to celebrate Chinese New Year?



Because traditional Japanese new year is celebrated on the same day as Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese new year. That said I'm not sure sure if maneki-neko are associated with Japanese new year, but hey ho they are still a fun thing.
Edited by: "VDisillusioned" 8th Feb

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xdaminis

But still good for the kids.


Exact reason I got it, & my kid is loving it

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VDisillusioned

I've got one sitting waving at me, well technically beckoning at me, on … I've got one sitting waving at me, well technically beckoning at me, on top of my monitor right now. Can't say it's attracted a huge amount of luck so far though.


Not sure I believe it; but the cat is supposed to be placed at entrance & face customers, guests etc.

RockStock

Not sure I believe it; but the cat is supposed to be placed at entrance & … Not sure I believe it; but the cat is supposed to be placed at entrance & face customers, guests etc.



There's lots of myths and traditions surrounding maneki-neko with lot's of different competing ideas as to why a beckoning cat is supposed to bring luck, and you're right they are often placed at the doorway of of business establishments to bring customers, and hence luck and good fortune.

RockStock

They had lanterns, dragon-toy, some wall-hangings, But didn't notice … They had lanterns, dragon-toy, some wall-hangings, But didn't notice tealights


Thank you!

kutekitty

I don't understand... why would a Japanese cat, be used to celebrate … I don't understand... why would a Japanese cat, be used to celebrate Chinese New Year?



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