Male raccoon dog statues are often displayed with their large, uh, family jewels outside Japanese eateries, but soon female tanuki will shine with a different set of large assets.

According to Japanese folklore, the tanuki raccoon dog has magical shape-shifting qualities that allow it to take on different forms. The cheerful, loveable character is also believed to bring success in business, often appearing as a ceramic statue at the front of bars and eateries, depicted with a sake flask and promissory note in hand while wearing a large straw hat and proudly displaying its legendary giant scrotum.


While the male raccoon dog has been venerated over the years, the females have been largely forgotten, apparently left at home to take care of the brood while their husbands, brothers and fathers charm the world with their cheeky ways. Well, now it’s time for lady dogs to enjoy the spotlight, with the new “Mesu Danuki“, “Female Tanuki“, series of gacha vending machine capsule toys from Kitan Club.

▼ Mimicking poses used by Japanese “gravure idols” or bikini models, there are six saucy seductresses in the range, including the standard “Female Tanuki”.


▼ The “Gold Female Tanuki”


▼ The “Pourer Female Tanuki”

▼ The winking “Empty-handed Female Tanuki” who’s actually not so empty-handed…


▼ The “Pink Female Tanuki”


▼ And the “Exotic Foreign Female Tanuki”


The new range of figures will be available at gacha capsule toy vending machines around the country from 12 July for 300 yen (US$2.94) each.


Source: Kitan Club
Top Image: Kitan Club
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