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February 4, 2010

What are tanuki, you ask? They are Japanese raccoon dogs. Statues of tanuki can be found all over Japan. Typically, they wear big straw hats, carry a bottle of sake and have enormous testicles, often hanging all the way to the ground.

“In the mid-1840s, ukiyo-e master Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) created a number of woodblock prints showing legendary tanuki (raccoon dogs) using their humorously large scrota in creative ways.”

Like fishing.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Joe Hassell permalink
    February 4, 2010 2:23 pm

    This is one of the weirdest things I have ever seen. It would make a great deal more sense to me if this was a modern trend in art because artists are a very strange bunch. However, the fact that these prints are from the 1840’s makes this so bizarre. Huge scrotums!

  2. February 5, 2010 10:34 am

    i really wish they included the large scrotum on tanooki mario

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