A Tanuki (狸 or たぬき) is a Japanese animal. It is known as a Japanese Raccoon Dog. It also has a place in Japanese folklore as a magical and mischievous creature that plays tricks and has laughs at our expense. It is lovable, playful and sometimes absentminded. You will never guess what this Tanuki is sitting on – pro tip: its not a beanbag. Tanukis are depicted in art using it as a sail for boats, a fishing net, an umbrella, a swimming pool and a cloak to smother an enemy. Tanukis can also magically imitate people, natural phenomenon, turn leaves into money – that turn back into leaves, transform into the moon, imitate thunder and many other mischievous tricks designed to take advantage of the unsuspecting. Japan you are so strange and cool.
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