What’s Your Lucky Charm?

Maneki-neko

I believe in luck…sometimes. I think I started believing in it more after I read Daniel Kahneman’s book Thinking, Fast and Slow. If I’m not mistaken, at one point, the author says that luck plays a rather important role in our lives than we normally think. I definitely reread the book again to refresh my memory on that.

My lucky charm is Maneki-Neko (a beckoning cat). I used to see this charm in every shop in Tokyo because it’s believed to bring luck and prosperity to its owner. Even though this is a Japanese tradition, you can see this cat in almost every Asian shop or restaurant. I did not buy mine from Japan, instead, I bought it from a shop in London:) So far, I have not become a billionaire yet, but who knows! Maybe Maneki-Neko will bring me better luck in the future:)

You can find different types of Maneki-Neko. Some are made from plastics, ceramics, or metal. I opted for a small, and sun-battery powered plastic Maneki-neko. I don’t have to necessarily put it under the sunlight, it works fine with the artificial light in the house too. The battery powers the cat’s left paw making it move constantly, and inviting good luck and health. Its noise can be annoying for some people. If you look for it, you can also find Maneki-Neko with non-moving paws. I somehow think that a moving paw would bring more luck:)

Do you have a lucky charm that you cannot live without?

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