2. They are rampant in Japanese mythology

Since the 7th century, tanuki have been depicted as mischievous shape-shifters with a rather striking feature: an enormous scrotum. The Japanese apparently aren’t shy about body parts: countless cartoons and children’s stories told all over Japan are centered around this oversized protuberance, which is said to stretch to the size of eight tatami mats. Apparently, its presence is meant to bring great prosperity to businesses. The larger the sack, the more prosperity it brings! For this reason, it is not unusual to see well-endowed tanuki statues outside of businesses all over Japan.

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