Tanuki are spirits of the forest, inspired from raccoon dogs. They’re famous for their power to turn into other shapes. In Japanese mythology, he may appear as a man on the street, sometimes in an izakaya, wearing a straw hat, a flask of sake, and a round belly that he uses as drums. Every part of his body is a symbol of luck and prosperity.
The tanuki is one of the main characters of Isao TAKAHATA’s famous animation film Pompoko.
He is also found as stoneware – shigaraki-yaki – statues all over Japan. The tanuki is meeting you at MIYAKODORI’s booth at Japan Expo Sud.
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