Our Story

“Eat, drink, laugh, and dance” 
― Tao & Fai

"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 Futoshi "Tao" Takazato and best friend Kanya "Fai" Thongprasert.  Over the years Maneki Neko has become known as a family-oriented place where you can come for good Japanese cuisine. In 2016, Maneki Neko expanded their restaurant to Arlington VA featuring the same Japanese menu along side Fai's favorite Thai cuisine passed down from her mother. 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.