beckoning cat   You've probably seen a 'maneki neko' (literally, 'beckoning cat') on Asian shop counters. The cute statue is Japanese in origin and is a cheerful talisman of good luck, but one shop is having extra good luck, because they have a real-life maneki neko to welcome customers! And if it looks like the cat is actually shooing you out the door rather than inviting you in, it's a difference in body language. The Japanese gesture indicating 'come here' is made with your palm down and fingers waving up and down. This kitty obviously has the gesture down pat!