- New type of Maneki Neko by an artist in Gunma
- Reminder that "Every day is the best"
- Stylish and ornamental
In Zen, there is a saying “Nichi Nichi Kore Ko Jitsu” which means “Every day is the best, every day is learning, and every day is special.” On the left side of Designer’s NEKO, this concept is written in Japanese.
The sign on the front of Designer’s Neko [+ – = – +] altogether shows the Japanese kanji 幸 (means “happiness”). In life, both good things and bad things happen, but they equal at zero. No matter what happens, let’s keep looking forward and that’s the happy way of living.
Imai Daruma NAYA has a history of over 90 years of making Daruma and Maneki Neko. After initially pursuing a different career as a young man, Hirohisa Imai returned to his family business realising that is where he belonged. He could use his creativity introducing new ways to view Daruma. Currently he is the CEO and Chief Craftsman. A very enthusiastic and magnetic character he creates new and modern styles of Daruma while preserving and protecting the traditional style.
Made in Takasaki, Gunma.
We also carry their new gold and silver series.