The maneki-neko is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman) which is often believed to bring good luck & prosperity to the owners of shops and businesses, which explains why they are always displayed next to the cash register. The maneki-neko is also sometimes incorrectly called the “Chinese lucky cat” because of its popularity among Chinese merchants. Most common colours are white, black or gold. White is for general good luck, black is for good physical health & to chase away evil spirits and gold is for financial prosperity. If it has its left paw raised, it is supposed to attract customers. If the right paw is raised, this invites good fortune and money. Another interpretation is that right is for home and left for business.