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© Makoto Muramatsu

300: Maneki-neko (Muramatsu)

A 'real' cat has found its way among the maneki neko ("beckoning cats"), harbingers of good fortune for business symbolised by the downturned paw. Some of them hold coins worth 10 million ryo: no conversion figures available, but it looks like success anyway.

The Japanese title, incidentally, is rakkii kyatto ('lucky cat')!

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

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An Epoch puzzle: 300 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: E26044 (26-044S on package)
Retail price ¥1400

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