Tanuki of Nightmares

imageTanuki statues are usually fairly cute, but this one is the thing of nightmares.

A wild animal native to Japan, tanuki are called raccoon dogs in English, (though they’re not related to raccoons). In Japanese folklore, they’re mischevious shape-shifters.

Statues of them are all over the place, but the ones in this post are from Jochi-ji in Kita-Kamakura.


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