Luck, an elusive concept that permeates every culture, takes on a particularly intricate and nuanced form in Japan. From ancient beliefs to modern-day practices, the notion of luck is deeply ingrained in Japanese society, shaping everything from daily rituals to major life decisions.


Known as Maneki Nekoin, this cat is a symbol of good fortune in japanese culture with the translation being ‘beckoning cat’. It is said with the positioning of its paw brings different meanings:

·Right paw raised: Brings wealth and good luck

·Left paw raised: Attracts customers to a place of business

·Both paws raised: Provides protection

The higher the paw is raised, the more luck the cat is said to invite!

 One of the most iconic fish in Japan is Koi also known as Nishikigoi.  They are thought to be a symbol of fortune and abundance for the japanese people. Additionally, the vibrant colors of Koi hold symbolic meanings in Japanese culture. The different colors and patterns of Koi represent various attributes and virtues such as strength, courage, and longevity.


Historically in japanese culture, wave imagery has signified tranquility as well as powerful ferocity and resilience - the endless ebb and flow of water along the shore is a permanent reminder of both the passing of time as well as the dangerous power of the ocean. it’s also often seen as a symbol of growth, renewal, and transformation. At the same time, waves can also represent the unpredictability of life, reminding us that we must learn to navigate its ups and downs as they come.


Senbazuru are strings of 1,000 origami cranes—typically 25 strings, each with 40 cranes. Just like in the story of Sadako Sasaki and her thousand paper cranes, it’s believed that completing all 1,000 of them will grant the owner a wish. Senbazuru have become a symbol of healing, hope and a long life in japanese culture.


The blooming of the cherry blossom trees is often considered a sign of good luck and prosperity. Notably, the delicate and fragile nature of the flowers reminds us to appreciate life’s beauty and cherish the present moment. Sakura has also been associated with love and happiness in Japan for hundreds of years.

 Featured image: The Great Wave off Kanagawa image by Katsushika Hokusai