Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cat Street

I've written before about the Maneki Neko, or beckoning cat. It's a popular symbol for shops that want to attract customers (and who doesn't?) But, the area around Gotokuji station in Tokyo, which is packed with small shops, really embraces the idea.

A bank has plush maneki neko dolls in the show windows, and I'm willing to bet that they're available in the bank to customers.

Up and down the street, there are cats painted on the utility poles.

And, odds are that Mane Cafe, which is right across the street from the above bank and 10 meters from the above utility pole, took its logo from "mane"ki neko.

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