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Tanuki and araiguma

Postby yankumi » Thu 08.25.2005 1:01 am

What is the difference between tanuki and araiguma? I initially learned that Tanuki was raccoon, but then several sites said that it meant "raccoon dog" and the name of the North American animal was araiguma. So what is a "raccoon dog"?
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RE: Tanuki and araiguma

Postby Harisenbon » Thu 08.25.2005 1:33 am

It's a Japanese animal that looks kind of like a racoon. They're very important in mythology, and you can see statues of them everywhere.
たぬき http://www.kumagaya.or.jp/~sizensi/print/dayori/20/20_6.html

たぬき彫刻 http://www.kamiyama-touki.com/index_com.jsp?itemClass=31661
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RE: Tanuki and araiguma

Postby yankumi » Thu 08.25.2005 1:49 am

thank you, that is very cool, I didn't realize it was a separate species.
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