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These Lucky Cats are in a lot of shops and restaurants throughout Japan. I had seen them on tv before (...most recently on Sherlock...), but never knew where they originated from. So, apparently they originated in Japan sometime in the 19th century, and are believed to bring good luck to the owner (although they're also popular in China). Fun Fact from Wikipedia: It may look like the cat is waiving, but it's actually beckoning. The misperception is due body gesture differences between the Japanese and Westerners; westerners tend to beckon with their hand facing backwards, whereas Japanese tend to beckon with their palm face out and folding their finger down (like the cat).
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