It's said that manekineko reflect cultural differences between Japan and the US. Manekineko in Japan show the palm of its paw, and ones made for exports show the back of its paw. In contrast to Japanese beckon by showing the palm of the hand, the Americans beckon by showing the back of the hand.
Japanese lucky cat charms are popular items at souvenior shops in Japan. There are many different colors and designs of manekineko available. Enjoy finding your favorite ones when you visit Japan.