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.
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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