Tanuki (狸 or タヌキ?) is the common Japanese name for the Japanese raccoon dog. They have been part of Japanese folklore since ancient times. The legendary tanuki is reputed to be mischievous and jolly, a master of disguise and shape shifting, but somewhat gullible and absent-minded.
I think it’s pretty cool that Japan idolizes a hybrid raccoon dog animal with enormous balls who loves nothing more than to drink and party!
Yes this creature is more or less standing on his own testicles.
Look at those things!
Even you can dress up as one of these goofy animals!
More from wikipedia:
Statues of tanuki can be found outside many Japanese temples and restaurants, especially noodle shops. These statues often wear big, turtle-shell hats and carry bottles of sake in one hand, and a promissory note or empty purse in the other hand. Tanuki statues always have large bellies. The statues also usually show humorously large testicles, typically hanging down to the floor or ground, although this feature is sometimes omitted in contemporary sculpture
I don’t even know what they are trying to sell me here. Japan is cuckoo. Cocoa puffs or not.
Yes, this is the under 15 section at one of the many fine adult shops in Akihabara. Looks like it is part of the Junior Idol collection. Check out the wikipedia article about it – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junior_idol
Of course, in Japan this is perfectly normal.
Below are some more pics, though if you are easily offended (by girls in bathing suits) you may want to opt out. Pictures are SFW so don’t worry.
Japan is weird. This product is called the ‘girlfriend lap pillow’. It comes with realistic-to-the-touch legs and a tight short polyester skirt in your choice of black or red. Perfect for creeping out any real girl that you just might have a chance with.
And don’t worry lonely ladies of Japan, you haven’t been left out. Here is the ‘Boyfriend Arm Pillow”. This pillow is shaped like a giant arm which will hold you all night without the need for the real thing.
Who knew a market for these things even existed.