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Apr 1, 2009

Tanuki in Sepia Scenes and Etsy Treasury

Sushi Restarurant and Tanuki Statue

This photo of the Sushi restaurant across from my Apartment was closed for the day, so the signs are blocking the entrance. On the wall, to the right, is a poster of the up-coming Wrestling match. Next to that is the Tanuki statue. Statues of Tanuki often decorate the entrance of temples or Japanese restaurants. Wikipededia explains the interesting symbolism behind the Tanuki:
"The tanuki has eight special traits that bring good fortune. The eight traits are: (1) a bamboo hat that protects against trouble, (2) big eyes to perceive the environment and help make good decisions, (3) a sake bottle that represents virtue, (4) a big tail that provides steadiness and strength until success is achieved, (5) over-sized testicles that symbolize financial luck, (6) a promissory note that represents trust, (7) a big belly that symbolizes bold decisiveness, and (8) a friendly smile."
If you would like to view more Sepia photos, please visit the Sepia Scenes Blog.

Also, thank you to ZenDotStudio, for including me in her Curated Treasury at Etsy.com.

12 comments:

fly tie said...

the restaurant photo could be a post card or something of that nature. i really like it.

it's always neat being chosen for a treasury. :-)

dot said...

What an interesting and unusual looking place!

ewok1993 said...

Fascinating place, really looks well with sepia.

BLOGitse said...

coool, again!
Have a great day!

Robin said...

It looks so exotic, and so much more appealing than some of the high gloss glitzy sushi restaurants we have here.

ilanadavita said...

Great shot and thank you for enlighting us about the tanuki.

Tricia said...

Now that's cool sepia shading - I really like that!

PJ said...

I brought a small tanuki home with me from Japan because it reminded me of a raccoon. Great image in sepia, Juana.

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

Thanks everyone for dropping by.

Robin, I enjoy the range of sushi restaurants here!

PJ, how neat to have your own tanuki statue.

sunnymama said...

A very interesting sepia picture!

Chris Stone said...

The Tanuki statue's symbols are pretty funny! a sake bottle representing virtue? over sized testicles symbolizing financial luck? lol!

great pic!

Kahshe Cottager said...

I agree that sepia has added to the exotic look of your photo. Thanks for explaining the Tanuki - I learned something new today!

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