Japanese Name: にゃんぷく
Literal Translation: Meow Fortune
Released: October 2012
Original Japanese: WWW
A beckoning good fortune cat god. He is a god from the olden days remaining in the placed okimono.1 If you come across him by chance, he will give you "fukudama"2 good fortune, and for the purpose of everyone's happiness, there are items in various locations which make you feel a wee bit lucky!
This fat cat is quite literally full up with luck and fortune! Certainly inspired by the famous manekineko, Nyanpuku and his friends will surely bring luck to your life.
Manekineko (招き猫), meaning "Beckoning Cat" is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman), usually made of ceramic, which is believed to bring good luck to the owner. The figurine depicts a cat (traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed—many times at the entrance—in shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and other businesses. Wikipedia: Manekineko
1. Okimono (置物 meaning "put thing") is a Japanese term for an ornament for display or decorative object typically displayed in a tokonoma "alcove" or butsudan "Buddhist altar" commonly found in most Japanese households. Wikipedia: Okimono
2. Fukudama (福玉) is lucky ball, usually pink and white, which contains some gifts inside. It is made from rice cake and for new years in Kyoto.
3. Daifuku (大福 meaning "great luck"), is a Japanese confection consisting of a small round mochi (glutinous rice cake) stuffed with sweet filling, most commonly anko, sweetened red bean paste made from azuki beans. Wikipedia: Diafuku
4. Korokke (コロッケ) is the Japanese name for a deep-fried dish originally related to a French dish, the croquette. Wikipedia: Korokke
a. Bastet (Japanese: バステト) is the feline goddess of ancient Egyptian religion. In the first millennium BC, when domesticated cats were popularly kept as pets, Bastet began to be represented as a woman with the head of a cat and ultimately emerged as the Egyptian cat-goddess. Wikipedia: Bastet
May 4, 2012 - Thank you to everyone who has been visiting. I plan to update weekly now so be sure to check back every Monday for a new crazy cute character! Requests are very welcome and so far Mamegoma, Rilakkuma, and Nyan Nyan Nyanko have been requested and are in the process.... please be patient as there is a lot of information about them! Please keep spreading the word about the cuteness of San-X!!!