This figurine of Nogomi represents the first of the signs of the zodiac, the mouse, precisely because it occupies the first box of the zodiac, it is considered in all oriental culture to be the bearer of prosperity and wealth, as well as being associated with charm and order. Not only is it a splendid figurine, but it is also a terracotta bell, to be shaken to invoke its good wishes. In 1945, at the end of the war, Teruji Suzuta, celebrated textile artist, father of the living national treasure Shigeto Suzuta, began to create Nogomi figurines, referring to the tradition of the Kashima area, in Saga prefecture. He started selling them inside the Yutoku Inari Shrine as an amulet and good luck charm and they have since become a symbol of Saga prefecture. Being handmade, they are all slightly different and some imperfections are possible.