Do you know the animal in the photograph?
It is a “tanuki”.
“Tanuki” is a Japanese word. It means “racoon dog”.
In rural Japan, tanuki are quite common. We can sometimes see them in the garden at night. They move very quickly!
The statues in the photo below are also “tanuki’. These statues are very common in Japan!
Many houses, shops and restaurants have these statues in front of their house.
In Japanese folklore, it is said that “tanuki” have magic powers. They have a happy, mischievous image and many people think they bring good fortune.
Would you like to find out more about Japanese “tanuki”? Take a look here!