Tanuki

The Tanuki is a character that appears in Okamiden. Chibiterasu first encounters him in the cave where Madame Fawn's house is situated in when he is required to visit Agata Forest for the second time. He can then convince him to migrate to Yakushi Village. When he moves to Yakushi Village he becomes part of a side quest for the Lucky Cat Paw or a Straw Bead if Chibiterasu already has a Lucky Cat Paw.

He can be found in the upper level of the village to the north west. He will offer Chibiterasu a rare item for 10,000 Yen. However, upon buying it, Chibiterasu learns it is a worthless Stray Bead. The Tanuki then runs away and Chibiterasu's partner suggests they follow it. There are three different locations that he runs to. First he can be found in the second house where the lost girl from Shinshu Field lives on the lower level of the village. He will then run and hide in Dr. Redbeard's house. After that he can be found on the right side of the upper level of the village. He will then return Chibiterasu's money, give him the Lucky Cat Paw Trinket and some Praise.

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Tanuki is the common Japanese name for the Japanese Raccoon Dog. They are very popular in Japanese mythology and have been since ancient times. They are depicted as being mischievous and jolly however they can be rather gullible. They are also masters of disguise and can shapeshift freely. They are humorously depicted as having huge testicles, much like the actual real animal.

As can be seen in both Okami and Okamiden, statues of tanuki can be seen outside most Japanese restaurants and temples as they bring good fortune. The statues usually show them as having huge bellies and wearing a straw hat while carrying a bottle of Sake.

Stories of tanuki are common and popular. They range from sinister, such as a tanuki who killed a woman and served her body as a soup to her husband, or light hearted, such as a tanuki who transformed into a teapot to fool a monk

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