The sun-powered Maneki Neko lucky cat is a popular Japanese sculpture which is believed to bring good luck to whoever owns it. This cat sculpture is usually seen raising its left leg while inviting people to enter and holding an ancient Japanese coin called a 'koban' in its right paw. The word maneki comes from the verb 'maneku', which means to 'invite to enter' in Japanese while neko means 'cat'. According to Japanese tradition, the message that this cat conveys is the following: 'Please, enter. You are welcome.'