If you live in San Diego: 1) you are so lucky (SUCH a gorgeous city) and 2) you should go to see this exhibit because I can't. I love maneki neko. (I take mine with me whenever I travel.)
Mingei International Museum will open MANEKI NEKO – Japan’s Beckoning Cats – from Talisman to Pop Icon on Sunday, March 13, 2011. The exhibition will include selections from a collection of 155 cats given to the Museum by collector Billie Moffitt. Made in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, each cat is unique. Most are made of clay, but some are wood, metal, ceramic and papier mâché.
MANEKI NEKO | Mingei International Museum