Maneki Neko, the Beckoning Cat

18 07 2009

In the 17th century, there was a rundown and poverty-stricken temple in Tokyo. The temple’s priest was very poor, but he shared some food he had with his pet cat, Tama.

One day, a wealthy and important man was caught in a storm while hunting and he took refuge under a big tree near the temple. While he waited for the storm to pass, the man noticed a cat beckoning him to come inside the temple gate. This was so startling that he left the shelter of the tree to have a closer look at this unusual cat. At that moment, the tree was struck by lighting.

As a result, the wealthy man became friends with the poor priest, and the temple became prosperous. The priest and his cat never went hungry again.

When Tama died he was buried in the Goutokuji Temple’s cat cemetery with respect and love, and the Maneki Neko was made in honor of him. A Maneki Neko in your business, your home or on your website is said to bring in good luck and visitors.

Maneki Neko is Japanese for “beckoning cat.” The message he is holding says “Please come in. You are welcome!” and he is beckoning you with his paw . (In Japan, the gesture of beckoning is pretty much the reverse of the gesture used in the West.)

Here’s a Maneki Neko card I received from a Japanese girl, she sent it to me as a surprise:


Cats from Portugal

27 06 2009

Now that I’ve scanned my cat card collection, I can start showing them. Many cat cards are a little bit too cute to my taste, I like them though, cause they show cats! But I prefer the less cute cat cards.

I love the cat cards from Portugal, the cats always seem so relaxed when they are lying in the sun. 🙂

I start with this multi view of four images and five cats:

These two are a good example of  the Portuguese cats their lives:

The ‘guard cat’ 😀

And the best of all cards, isn’t he adorable?

Cards with cats

23 06 2009

I made a decision today, I’m going to scan all my received my cat cards because I have too many that are worth to get shown. 😀

They are already sorted out, the scanning can start! 8)

Elephant born at Antwerp Zoo

17 05 2009

This morning at 8.45 an elephant was born at Antwerp Zoo. Mother Phyo Phyo and, most probably a girl, Baby K are doing fine.

The actual birth took place just out of the camera’s sight but all that has been captured of the birth can be seen on this video:

Drinking with her mother, not even 2 hours old:

Discovering her trunk:

Go here to see the first photos of Baby K.