Sake set - Tanuki (Raccoon)
Tanuki Sake set.
Commonly known by the name Sake Kai Tanuki 酒買狸 (literally Tanuki Procuring Sake) this shape draws its inspiration from an old children's song (16th-17th century) in the Osaka and Kyoto sake-brewing areas.
The tanuki (or raccoon in English) is an extremely popular icon of generosity, cheer, and prosperity, a cute icon of wealth and luck. Pudgy ceramic statues of Tanuki are found everywhere, especially outside bars and restaurants, where a goofy Tanuki effigy typically beckons drinkers and diners to enter and spend generously.