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Apr
14
comment 招财、招福, why cats?
Just to add to this, these are called maneki neko in Japanese. manek-i is the nominal form of the verb manek- (招) and neko means cat. Wikipedia has an article about it here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maneki-neko
Nov
3
comment Etymology of 其他
@MikeManilone You misquoted me. I suggest that you re-read what I wrote: (for reasons given) "so Japanese LIKELY did not have any effect on THE Chinese expression." THE Chinese expression being referred to here is 其他.
Oct
30
comment Etymology of 其他
@xiaohouzi79 The standard reference for early Japanese citations is 日本国語大辞典 (Nihon Kokugo Daijiten), 2nd edition.
Oct
29
comment Etymology of 其他
Very unlikely given the citation evidence.