Wednesday, November 12, 2008

TANUKI

Fawn and I recently returned from a week in Thailand and one-and-a-half weeks in Japan. While in Kyoto, Japan, I discovered my newest obsession...the tanuki! Sculptures of this racoon dog animal (giant testicals and all) were outside many shops, restaurants, and homes in Kyoto.

I kept a travel journal/sketchbook while on vacation. While Fawn did some kimono-browsing in a crowded shopping street, I stood outside a souvenir store, drawing one of the porceline tanuki statues. The owner, an older woman, spotted my interest and came outside with a piece of paper in her hand. Even though I made it clear that I knew very little Japanese, she continued to talk to me and pointed at her paper. The paper held only Japanese lettering, so I couldn't read anything on it. After some pantomiming and pointing, the woman finally communicated that the paper held the history of the tanuki (either that or the warning, "You draw, you buy! Now I call police!"). I need to find someone to translate it for me, but I'm sure it's probably close to what I researched online.


Here's Fawn, posing next to one of the statues.


I've been drawing tanukis all week...

One with color...and no genitals...


We'll be posting more vacation sketches and photos soon.

1 comment:

GOGOPEDRO said...

Yeah.....

RACOON WITH A HUGE NUTSACK...

SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT....I've personally always loved the figures for their creepy faces....

MIYAZAKI did a film with them as I recall.

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