Wednesday, October 27, 2010

31 Amigurumi in October - October 27

The Tanuki is one of the most recognizable images of Japanese folk art. Statues of this animal appear throughout Japan, looking like rotund, bear-like animals, wearing large straw hats and carrying bottles of sake.

In folklore, the Tanuki is a trickster prone to mischief, shape-changing and the deception of humans as it searches for sake, food and women. They are also said to pound on their tummies at dusk making a deep pon-poko-pon sound.

1 comment:

youngmi said...

yay tanuki! i remember learning about this guy in my japanese culture class in undergrad :) love your little tanuki. actually, i love your whole halloween series!