If you ever go to a Japanese restaurant, you may have noticed a strange, ceramic white figurine of a cat with a paw waving at you. While some people take this as a sign that the Japanese have lost their minds over cats, this figurine actually is called a Maneki-neko, which translates into “beckoning cat.”

According to common belief, a raised left paw invites customers inside while a raised right paw¬†brings good luck and wealth. The higher the raised paw, the greater the good luck, which shows that even educated Japanese people aren’t immune to odd superstitions at times.

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