Archive for March, 2015

Japan’s Legendary Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat)

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Aikido, while practiced in well over 110 countries, is deeply rooted in Japan.  We are fortunate to have highly qualified instructors from many nationalities and backgrounds. But it’s safe to say that nearly everything we do in Aikido is Japanese by nature.  Except of course, most of us gaijin (non-Japanese).  So learning about Japanese social customs and culture is probably a good thing for us to undertake.

I thought we might delve into learning about that little cat statue found just about everywhere in Japan and in many Japanese establishments outside of the country.…