More Fun with Raccoon Dogs

(Aratamete tanuki no tawamure)

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwaz

1844-1846

This series of comic prints alludes to the supposed ability of raccoon dogs to voluntarily enlarge their scrotums. It is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). The images are each about 7 by 10 inches (18 by 25 centimeters), a size known as chban. Two images were printed on a sheet of paper about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ban.

Title: The making of mochi (Mochi tsuki)

 

Title: Visiting Konpira, the guardian deity of seafaring (Konpira mairi)

 

Title: Dashi (a Japanese soup stock made from fish and kelp)

 

Title: Boys Festival (Tango no sekku)

Description: Fanning the air to get carp streamers aloft

 

Title: Benkei and the Bell (Tsurigane Benkei)

 

Title: Fukurokuju (the tall headed god of happiness, wealth and long life)

 

Title: River Crossing (Kawa watari)

 

Title: Rokurokkubi (a long-necked monster)

 

Title: Archery range (Yaba)

 

NOTE: The word yaba (矢場) may mean either archery range or brothel

 

Title: Turtles (Kame)

 

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Title: A hand-drawn cart

 

The raccoon dog is also known as Nyctereutes procyonoides, magnut and tanuki (タヌキ, , , or たぬき). It is the only extant species in the genus Nyctereutes.

 

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