Japanese Tanuki

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James Blake Wiener
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.

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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 World History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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Wiener, J. B. (2018, January 10). Japanese Tanuki. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/7864/japanese-tanuki/

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Wiener, James Blake. "Japanese Tanuki." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified January 10, 2018. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/7864/japanese-tanuki/.

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Wiener, James Blake. "Japanese Tanuki." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 10 Jan 2018. Web. 06 Feb 2023.