Yakushigama is the name of the pottery studio Chugai Touen in Seto City, Aichi Prefecture, a city of pottery with a history of over 1000 years.
Chugai proposes modern "Japanese decorations" such as zodiac figurines, beckoning cats, hina dolls, May dolls, lucky charms and seasonal decorations using the seto novelty technique that has been handed down in Seto since the Meiji era. It is a product brand of Touen.
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