This year the IFSA will hold the 15th annual IFSC in Okayama Japan. So we thought we should take a look at the history behind the beckoning money cat, which originated in Japan, rather than China, during the 17th century. Generally the cat is associated with good luck in Japan where there are a number of “cat temples”. Known as the maneki-neko, the legend of the money cat is said to have originated with a cat that delivered a gold coin to his bankrupt merchant master thus enabling him to rebuild his once great fortune. Today the money cat can be seen in many businesses, sitting near the cash till, beckoning prosperity to its master.