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Motif Information
Romaji Kitsune
English Fox
Kana きつね
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Kitsune refers to the red fox (Vulpes vulpes), native to Japan and most of Asia, Europe, and North America.

Kitsune are depicted variously in Japanese folklore as a kind of yōkai and as messengers of Inari, a kami of fertility, rice, tea, sake, agriculture and industry.


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Motif Connotations & Symbolism

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Auspicious Nature

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Common Motif Pairings

Identification & Style Variations

A special variation of the kitsune motif is the kitsune no yomeiri, (狐の嫁入り, "the fox's wedding").[1] Kitsune no yomeiri consists of a wedding procession of anthropomorphized kitsune. Sun showers are known as kitsune-ame (狐雨, fox rain) in some parts of Japan and are also associated with this motif.

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  1. Kitsune no yomeiri on Wikipedia. Accessed April 3, 2016.

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