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Beckoning, a Japanese Gesture

Beckoning, a japanese gesture
Japanese beckon with a waving motion with the palm down and the hand flapping up and down at the wrist. This gesture is used by Japanese of both sexes and all age groups, but it is considered impolite to beckon a superior this way.

Do you know Maneki-neko, a beckoning cat? It is a common Japanese figurine which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. This is a good example of Japanese beckoning.

fortunre cat in Japanese temple

There is a Japanese temple where The maneki-neko is said to have originated in Tokyo. It has so many maneki-neko!


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