The tanuki or Japanese raccoon dog has been significant in Japanese folklore since ancient times. The legendary tanuki is reputed to be mischievous and jolly, a master of disguise and shapeshifting, but somewhat gullible and absentminded. It is also a common theme in Japanese art, especially statuary. Compared with kitsune (foxes), which are the epitome of shape-changing animals, there is the saying that "the fox has seven disguises, the tanuki has eight (狐七化け、狸八化け)".
PP: "Although the raccoon dog resembles a raccoon, due to its shape, size and facial characteristics, it is very much a member of the dog family. It is considered to be one of the earliest species that other dog species have evolved from."
Tanuki (Japanese raccoon dogs) are real, existing animals, but in Japanese folklore, they are one of the most famous legendary creatures in Japan. Tanuki are infamous for being very mischievous. They love to make fun of human beings. They like to play tricks on humans just to make the humans seem dumb and silly. (゜-゜) Sharing the Worldwide JapanLove ♥ www.japanlover.me ♥ www.instagram.com/JapanLoverMe Art by Little Miss Paintbrush