Tanuki YKTTW Discussion
Portrayals of the Japanese canid in fiction.
Needs more examples. Many of the tropes that Americans associate with raccoons also apply to raccoon dogs or (in Japanese) tanuki. Though raccoon dogs are canids and not true raccoons, they enjoy the same reputation in Japanese Folklore that true raccoons share in the Western Hemisphere -- both this and their superficial resemblance to raccoons are the reasons this animal is called "raccoon dog" in English. There are eight traits commonly associated with the tanuki. According to The Other Wiki, they are "a hat to be ready to protect against trouble or bad weather; big eyes to perceive the environment and help make good decisions; a sake bottle that represents virtue; a big tail that provides steadiness and strength until success is achieved; [[over-sized testicles that symbolize financial luck; a promissory note that represents trust or confidence; a big belly that symbolises bold and calm decisiveness; and a friendly smile." And that testicles thing? It's an exaggeration of a trait that is Truth in Television to the raccoon dog.
Anime & Manga
- Hachi(emon) from InuYasha has probably had more Western exposure than any other Rascally Raccoon Dog.
- The Tanuki who chose to live among humans from Studio Ghibli's Pom Poko.