The Story of Tanuki

anuki is a Japanese raccoon dog, but also the stuff of legends…

According to Shinto folklore Tanuki is a kami, a spirit creature with powers to shift shapes at will in pursuit of women, wine, a free meal and mischief in any order they were to be found.

 Often Tanuki is pictured looking inebriated, confused and holding an empty sake flask and a counterfeit promissory note or a leaf- Tanuki were famous for having the ability to trick sake shop owners into believing…

The Story of Tanuki anuki is a Japanese raccoon dog, but also the stuff of legends… According to Shinto folklore Tanuki is a kami, a spirit creature with powers to shift shapes at will in pursuit of women, wine, a free meal and mischief in any order they were to be found. Often Tanuki is pictured looking inebriated, confused and holding an empty sake flask and a counterfeit promissory note or a leaf- Tanuki were famous for having the ability to trick sake shop owners into believing…

The raccoon dog, Zenkoji, Nagano

The raccoon dog, Zenkoji, Nagano

Tanuki dolls - :p ....these are fortune & fertiliy figures, inspired by the fat little raccoon dogs of Japan.  They are neither dogs nor raccoons, but a separate species.

Tanuki dolls - :p ....these are fortune & fertiliy figures, inspired by the fat little raccoon dogs of Japan. They are neither dogs nor raccoons, but a separate species.

Often described competing with Kitsune (fox), Raccoon dogs also have the ability to change their forms to objects or other creatures.  Unlike fox though, raccoon dogs are often clumsy and cannot successfully fool people.

Often described competing with Kitsune (fox), Raccoon dogs also have the ability to change their forms to objects or other creatures. Unlike fox though, raccoon dogs are often clumsy and cannot successfully fool people.

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