Japanese raccoon figure’s 8 Lucky items

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Have you ever seen this Japanese raccoon (Tanuki たぬき)figure?

You may be spotted the raccoon figure in front of restaurants, Izakaya, inns, shops, etc. in Japan.
This is “Shigarakiyaki”, a pottery made in Kōga city in Shiga prefecture.
It is said that this figure invites good fortune as he has 8 lucky items which reminds you the important elements of being a successful merchant.
Can you tell what are they?

Photo: https://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/mtada33/9833732.html

1、笠(かさ)- The Hat
The big hat protects you from disasters. Be prepare regularly.

2、大きな目 – Big eyes
Big eyes can look through others and can judge correctly. Also be attentive, has consideration to others.

3、笑顔 – Smile
Don’t forget to smile.

4、大きなお腹 – Big belly 
Shall have calmness and boldness.

5、通い帳(かよいちょう)- Passbook
Credibility is important. Build a trustworthy relationship.

6、金袋(かなぶくろ) – Moneybag
Have a economic fortune.  (testicles in slung term of Japanese is 金玉 (gold ball))

7、太い尻尾  – Big tail
All is well that ends well.

8、お酒(徳利/とっくり)- Sake bottle
Let’s have a natural virtue. (In Japan, we have a word called “nominucation”. Nomu means to drink in Japanese).
Drink and make communication with people.

Source: http://paranet1.blogspot.jp/2013/07/tanuki-hassouengi.html

Besides these 8 fortunes, Tanuki (Japanese raccoon) the word itself has similar sounds as 他抜き- excel others.
So it’s considered a lucky item for merchants.

Would you like to have one at home?
Thank you for reading. 🙂

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