Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Tanuki

A couple people have commented that the squirrel with big nuts in the Little Red Riding Hood commercial (down a few posts) is not a squirrel at all.

It's a Tanuki.

What's a Tanuki you might ask?

It's stranger than you might ever have dreamed.

Comments:
Hi Gavin,

great you found mark schumacher on the TANUKI.

Here is a bit more in connection with Daruma san
http://www.amie.or.jp/daruma/Tanuki.html

Greetings from Gabi

. DARUMA Museum, Japan .

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The image you have linked on this post is from the film Pom Poko, which is a Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Mononoke, etc.) production and widely available in the US. I highly recommend it: The raccoons are instructed in how to become Tanuki in order to stave off the influx of suburban housing developments. There are scenes of Tanuki using their scrotums as trampolines and parachutes, and one scene in which a Tanuki grows his satchel large enough to envelop an entire city bus. Big freaking bawlz, man.

Here's an IMDB link:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110008/
 
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Through google search engine, when you put in "discount cell phones", you will find more than 15,000 pieces of related information. Cell phone china has been concerned in the world. Many international sellers can get a considerable profit by ways of wholesale cell phones from China and switch selling. So it is a very good job on cell phones wholesale in the current financial crisis.
 
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