SETO is a city in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
The history of Seto-yaki ceramics dates back over 1,000 years. Though kilns in other regions produced unglazed pottery, the Seto kiln became the first to produce pottery with a full glaze, known as ‘Furu-Seto ware’. Blue-and-white glazed porcelain production quickly spread during the Edo Era, with Seto becoming the largest porcelain producer in Japan. Seto porcelain received widespread recognition thanks to displays at international expositions, and Seto’s name became synonymous with ceramics worldwide. Today, as one of Japan’s renowned six ancient kilns, Seto remains the preeminent center of porcelain production, having played a key role in the development of Japanese pottery culture.
The maneki-neko is a traditional populer Japanese figurine which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner.
In modern times, they are usually made of ceramic or plastic.
The figurines are often displayed in various shops, generally near the entrance.
Common colors are white, black, red, and gold.
Maneki-neko are sometimes referred to simply as "lucky cats".
Manekineko has many colors and each color associated with a different form of luck. The following color attributes are said to be as follows:
・White: Positivity and purity
・Black: Protection against evil
・Gold: Wealth and prosperity
・Red: Marriage, love, and other personal matters
・Green: Education and health
・Blue: Intelligence, wisdom, and success
・Pink: Love and romance
・Yellow: Stability, health, and relationships
・Right paw raised: Brings wealth and good luck
・Left paw raised: Attracts customers to a place of business
・Both paws raised: Provides protection