This lucky cat is beckoning with his right paw, inviting good fortune. He'll also wish you a Happy Birthday!
This Japanese birthday card, in true Japanese fashion, opens on the left and has a decorative red cord tied around the right fold. The writing on the front is in the 'shodō' style, the artistic Japanese calligraphy created using a brush and sumi ink.
The drawn design on the front shows a 'maneki neko' lucky cat, often seen as an ornament in houses and businesses hoping to entice good luck. He's waving with his right hand to bring luck and money to the recipient.
The message in brush drawn Japanese script reads 'o tanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu' meaning 'Congratulations on your birthday'.
Inside this Japanese greetings card is blank apart from a decorative cat drawing.
The accompanying envelope is in muted pink.
Made in Japan.