Beckoning Cat Rice Crackers in Five Flavours Yummy Yummy

We all know the beckoning cat in Japan. The Japanese name is Maneki-neko. They are normally ornaments for sale in shops: sometimes large ornaments which can be placed outside of businesses. The idea is to bring good luck to the business or the home. They are also found on shoes and anywhere, I suppose, where good luck is required.

Rice crackers in the shape of cat's head
Rice crackers in the shape of cat’s head
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A confectionery store in Tokyo, Tsukishima Kohagido, is apparently famed for its rice crackers in the shape of the face of a lucky cat. They are called “senbei”. Senbei is Japanese for rice cracker.

There are four flavours: miso, soy sauce (shoyu), zarame coarse sugar, garlic and shichimi.

The shop is a family run business. The shop was founded in 1933 and moved to its current location in 1968. Interestingly, it’s opening time is 1 pm in the afternoon. I guess they are making their products in the morning. It is located at 1-19-4 Tsukishima, Chuo Ward, Tokyo.

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  1. Michael, I have many of the Maneki-neko ornament cats. I purchased all of them at our local American-Chinese buffet (really good food too!!). It is run by oriental folks who are really nice. Prices are very reasonable — for the souvenirs as well as the food. It is within walking distance of my home. My son absolutely loves sushi, so we eat there at least once a month. I love their egg drop soup!!

    All of my ornaments have waving hands/arms and are solar powered. They are really cute!! ♥♥♥


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