Friday, January 9, 2009

Tanuki

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Tanuki in Japanese means "Racoon Dog". This legendary character is known for being jolly and mischievous (like me), a master of disguise, and sometimes gullible and absentminded. These statues can be found outside Japanese temples and restaurants. It is believed that the Tanuki hold 8 special traits that bring good fortune. According to Wikepedia these 8 traits are:

1. A bamboo hat that protects against trouble

2. Big eyes to perceive the environment and help make good decisions

3. A sake bottle that represents virtue

4. A big tail that provides steadiness and strength until success is achieved

5. Over-sized testicles that symbolize financial luck

6. A promissory note that represents trust

7. A big belly that symbolizes bold decisiveness

8. A friendly smile.



Here I am with "Twilight", the Tanuki outside my grandmother's house.



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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

cute!

Mama P! said...

cool! i also have a tanuki in my house.

Twilight Princess said...

I love your Tanuki's name. Twilight!

M said...

wow! nice outfit!

ninang vanessa said...

i love your dress! i want it in my size! : )

Anonymous said...

Wow !!!