The Mystery of the Little Bear is Solved

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In my post On the Road – Honolulu – Cute to Bizarre I showed you an image of a cute animal that I thought was a bear. As reader Stacey Johle pointed out in a comment, this is not the case.

First, let me note that the comment arrived on the old temporary site that I had set up to save Madang – Ples Bilong Mi after I was hacked and could no longer upload images. That site was  The site is now set as Private so that search engines can’t find it and people can’t land there. To my horror, I was still getting an average of 100 hits a day on that site. It is dead now, at least to anybody but me. I’ll leave it there, but nobody should be able to access it. I just hope that Google gets its act together and realizes soon that it should direct people here instead.

Okay, back to the mysterious animal. First, here is the image from my previous post:  (click the link in the first paragraph if you want to read the post)

Cute little animal statue in from of a Honolulu Japanese Steak House
Cute, eh? But to anyone who is not Japanese, probably mysterious. Stacey sent me this link to a blog post that explains all. NOTE: There are some anatomical references that some readers might find offensive. By the way the blog, called Tofugu, is an interesting place to visit if you are amused by Japanese culture (Alison, are you reading this?). After reading the blog post, I understood why it’s presence outside a Japanese Steak House might be considered amusing.  Here is an image that I ripped from the post:

This is a Tanuki.

The animal is a Tanuki. Sorry, I don’t know what they are saying to each other. They look a bit like raccoons, but even cuter. Thanks, Stacey, for solving this puzzle.

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3 Responses to “The Mystery of the Little Bear is Solved”

  1. John Belton Says:

    I loved the link to the blog and especially the later comments about the Tanuki Mario! I remember that game well and may never be able to think about it in quite the same way!!

  2. Erin Says:

    Glad the article helped you out, despite the crude “anatomical references”, haha. The picture of the two raccoon dogs you posted was meant to parody the “you has a flavor” cat macros, so it basically says “Excuse me? Do you have flavor?” in extremely messed-up Japanese. If you’re not familiar with that particular macro (or lolcats in general) it might seem a little weird!

    P.S. Honolulu is my home city 😀

  3. MadDog Says:

    Thanks for that, Erin. It’s all the more funny to know what it means.
    I’ve been to Honolulu many times. It’s one of my favorite cities.