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Tanuki's Teacupby ursulav

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A reader suggested a Tanuki Green Tea, after seeing the other tea labels, and it occurred to me that I never have painted a tanuki.

There's a reason for that. You've probably already noticed it.

See, tanuki are Asian raccoon dogs--they look sort of like a badger crossed awkwardly with a fox--and you see them frequently in Japanese art. They're considered mischievious spirits, and there are lots of statues of the tanuki and shrines and whatnot. And every single one has HUGE testicles. I don't know why, of all the animals in Japan, the tanuki gets represented with junk bigger than its head, but...well, couldn't very well draw a tanuki and leave out this vital cultural link, now could I? (Frequently, they're even more anatomically correct. This is tame and mild by tanuki representation standards.)

I don't know if it works as a label design, but I did like the tanuki design, at least. And now that I've drawn a tanuki, I can...err...move on with my life, I guess...

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lil-water-fae Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
ahahaha so cute! :nana: i love all the labels!
Taren14 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
I was wondering why this was somewhat censored until I saw the picture and remembered the defining characteristic of a tanuki.
cmiranda123 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
I love that you gave it huge testicles. lol very authentic.
spookybunnie Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
LOL, ok I have to comment, because recently I found a tanuki statue at a thrift store, I eagerly picked it up thinking awww cute raccoon dog, at that point I didnt know much about it, so, about a week ago I find out what I thought were feet were actually testicles, I was horrified!! My husband thought it was hilarious...especially because now I dont know if I want to keep it in my house! So in other words...I COMPLETELY understand. and LMAO. Why Nipon??? Why??? LOL
Sugar-Bielbog Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
Hey, at least he's not turning his balls into parachutes and frogs and carpets and bludgeons like in Pom Poko.
g3m1n1 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
what happens if the tanuki is female? or are all of them male?
TigrisTheLynx Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh gawd.. you started to go on about testicles on a tea label and suddenly the slang term "teabagging" springs to mind. XD So wrong, yet so right. Tanuki's were meant to sell teabags.
XXX-Lizard-XXX Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
In wikipedia, apparently Tanuki's have...oversized testicles o.0 because it symbolizes financial luck.

Juuuuuuuuust wanted to answer your question....
gazztron Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Want =D
Drink-The-Nectar Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
If no one has mentioned this to you before, you might get a kick out of the book "Villa Incognito" by Tom Robbins. One of the characters is a Tanuki, abnormally large scrotum included. ;)
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