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November'16 Bokksu: Japanese Folklore 昔話

November 2016 Bokksu Cover

Japanese folklore is heavily influenced by the two primary religions of Japan, Shintoism and Buddhism. For example, folktales in Japan often center around animals due to the Shinto belief that kami (spirits) inhabit all creatures and objects. The animal spirits in these folktales are portrayed as either kind and helpful or mischievous and crafty. Two popular animals that frequently fall into this dichotomy and end up in humorous situations are the shapeshifting Tanuki (raccoon dog) and the wily Kitsune (fox). To give you a deeper understanding of Japanese folklore and culture, we’ve curated a delicious assortment of snacks related to folktales and animals in Japan.

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