Now, it’s probably no surprise to anyone that stops by here that we claim to be “dog people”. So, it was a nice change of pace the other day when we took a trip to San Diego’s Balboa Park to stop in and see some cats.
You see, for a few months, the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park is hosting an exhibit of Maneki Neko – the Japanese “Beckoning Cat” or as its occasionally known the “money cat”. The beckoning cat sculpture likely goes back a few centuries in Japan and gained broad exposure at the end of the 19th century. Over time, they’ve come to be symbols for good luck, good health, and good business.
I also learned that I suppose I should have been recognizing a pretty famous figure is a derivation of a Maneki Neko – Hello Kitty!
It was a great exhibit and a great excuse to head down to the park on a gorgeous Saturday. We saw the park decked out in its Christmas best and also stopped by my personal favorite, the Botanical Building.