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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Maneki Neko - Japanese Beckoning Cats at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego

It seems like this is the weekend of the cats. First the tigers at the San Diego Zoo (see the previous two posts), and today the exhibit of Japanese beckoning cats (maneki neko) at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. I guess to round it all out I should probably get some pictures of Aldo and Calli before the long holiday weekend is over. For now, though, here are a few images of the huge collection of beckoning cats that is on temporary display. If you are anywhere near San Diego this one is worth the time and effort.

Many of these were behind glass, which made for some interesting reflections at times.

Click here to see a few more images from the collection of Japanese beckoning cats at the Mingei Museum.

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