Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hello Kitty

In addition to the Thai goddess, Nang Gwak, who lures customers with her gesturing hand, Bangkok taxi drivers love the Japanese waving cat named Maneki Neko. Based on a real historical feline pet that lured a wealthy patron to a poor temple, this happy cat beckons customers with one paw and holds a gold coin to represent prosperity with the other paw. You might have seen this feline if you eat out at Asian restaurants. Or you might be familiar with the pink and white version of this cat known around the world as Hello Kitty.