Shigaraki Tanuki – A good luck animal in Japan.

Have you ever seen a baked Shigaraki Tanuki like this before at a house decoration store?

Let’s learn today with the Focus Asia Travel 

This is a handmade terracotta ratel (Shigaraki Tanuki) from Shigaraki village in Shiga province in the Kansai area.

For some amusing results, bake all ratels manually and then place them in the furnace.

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Shigaraki Tanuki

You will be completely amazed when you enter this settlement and travel down the route. There are several stores offering baked ratels in this hamlet, as well as various manufacturing plants.

Putting up various ratels ranging in height from 3m to 4m in front of the business.

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Shigaraki Ware Tanuki


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Shigaraki is a ceramic village in Koka City in the southern portion of Shiga that is well-known as the birthplace of Shigaraki pottery. It contains one of Japan’s six oldest kilns and is traditionally recognized for its excellent clay.

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Shigaraki Ware Tanuki

To return to the title of the article, “Why pick ratel as a sign of luck in Japan?” In reality, many Japanese people are unaware.

When the Emperor visited Shiga province in 1951. Normally, two sides of the street will be occupied by a lengthy line of people linked together to greet the monarch, but there is one exception. Instead of employing humans, they formed a lengthy line of baked ratels to meet him.

Japanese flags adorn Shigaraki Tanukis’ baked hand.

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This picture depicts the Japanese Emperor as pitiful. The tale spread throughout Japan thanks to the media and the press, and producing baked ratel in Shigaraki village became famous.

Tanuki also means “to pull people up,” or “to help others improve” in Japanese.

As a result, it is used as fortunate furniture in front of businesses to attract more customers and make the store luckier.

It was a pretty cute animal, not simply a humorous picture for omens, right?

If you get the chance to visit Shigaraki, you may purchase a little baked Shigaraki Tanuki for your family.