"IRASHYAI MASE!" Welcome to Maneki Neko, the "Beckoning Cat" restaurant. The waving cat is a traditional symbol of good fortune in Japan, and is often seen in the windows of businesses, welcoming customers inside. Maneki Neko was founded in 2002 in Falls Church VA by best friends Futoshi "Tao" Takazato and Kanya "Fai" Thongprasert. Over the years Maneki Neko has become known as a family-oriented place where you can come for good Japanese cuisine. If you're a regular, we know you by name and know your usual order. If you're new, introduce yourself! We hope you enjoy your experience and return soon.