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Do you want to meet with animals endemic to Japan?

Staying at Ottobatake house, we have many chances to encounter wild animals. In the past, those animals were seen more often everywhere in Japan.

For example:

kamoshika or Japanese serow (Capricornis crispus)
tanuki or racoon dog  (Nyctereutes procyonoides
– ten
or Japanese Marten (Martes melampus)

The above three are endemic to Japan.

A Japanese serow or kamoshika

But you can also meet:
– foxes
– wild rabbits
– pheasants

As well as quantities of birds, frogs, lizards, small rodents, and so on, and so on…

Why so many chances to see them?
As hills are very close to the house, they often visit our fields, while they are normally living in the forest.

And as toilets are located outside of the main house, you need to go out from the house during the night. Most of the animals are nocturnal.

 

Tanuki

Among the above species endemic to Japan, the tanuki should be the most popular one to Japanese people. We could say that each region has its once-upon-a-time story about tanuki, most of which tell about the interaction with human beings, because it was believed to be able to change form into things such as a kettle or huge amount of money and even into a human being.

You might find this site interesting with many stories about tanuki, although the animations are in Japanese.

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