Tanuki time

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Drew this tanuki for a friend’s birthday πŸŽ‰πŸƒπŸΆπŸŒΏπŸŒ°βœ¨

I loved seeing these often gormless looking guardians while in Japan, statues ranging in size from ankle to waist height, keeping watch by home, storefront and restaurant doors.

Chingodo shrine in Tokyo is dedicated to tanuki, the trickster raccoon dogs of Japanese folktales – the story goes the shrine was built in an attempt to stop roving bands of raccoon dogs from plaguing the district a long time ago. It’s a small and lovely space with beautiful trees, the perfect peaceful courtyard to step into for a moment to catch your breath and pay your respects to the tanuki in busy Asakusa.

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