Japanese Tanuki

Illustration

James Blake Wiener
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published on 10 January 2018

Statues of the Japanese Tanuki (or Japanese raccoon dog) are found all over Japan, especially around shrines and taverns. The Japanese have many legends about the tanuki, but they are generally believed to be playful and foolish creatures with some supernatural powers. They appear frequently in folklore and legends. This statue of a Japanese tanuki was taken on Enoshima island.



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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