Saturday, 11 May 2013
Tanuki - we bought this fellow last time we were in Japan. We got him from one of the little shops in the large indoor shopping market in central Kyoto. He now lives in New Zealand on the window-sill at our front door. I think he likes it here. We like having him here too.
Tanuki is a racoon dog native to Japan. Go here to learn more amusing facts and quirks about this Japanese mix of myth and nature.
Among other things, our tanuki has a leaf on his head to denote his ability to shape-shift into human form and a box of saki in his left hand. Also, take note of the size of his testicles (situated under his tummy and between his feet). This is a very important and much-mentioned feature of the doorstep / mythical tanuki.