Why not paint your original Maneki-Neko at one of the largest beckoning cat museums in Japan where about 5000 beckoning cats are displayed? Seto city of Aichi Prefecture is known as a producing area with history of beckoning cats since Meiji era.
Maneki-Neko was born in the Edo period about 150 years ago as a charm to bring luck and fortune. It is believed in general that a cat with its right hand raised brings money, and a cat with its left hand raised will invite people and customers. If you want to invite money, people and customers all together, there are beckoning cats who raise both hands. In this plan, you can choose a cat either with right, left, or both paws raised.
Anyone from children to elderly people can enjoy painting Maneki-Neko using crayons and colored markers. If you do not like painting, there are stickers ready for you to easily decorate the cat.
At the cafe in the museum, a cute cat-shaped tea pot and cup are ready. You can enjoy Japanese tea and cookie. In the museum shop attached, there is a space where you can see the cat art crafts created skillfully in various genres such as figurines, dishes, accessories, dolls and paintings. And various original items from Maneki-Neko Museum such as towels and straps etc. are on sale.
Your painted Maneki-Neko and the indigo-dyed towel with Maneki-Neko will be good memory of your trip.
· Painting Maneki-Neko (20 minutes)
· Taste Japanese tea in the original teapot and cookie
· Get an indigo-dyed Maneki-Neko hand towel as a souvenir
Duration: 1 hour
Location: Maneki-Neko Museum, 2 Yakushimachi, Seto 489-0821 Aichi Prefecture