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Kitsune by GENZOMAN Kitsune by GENZOMAN
Hi there guys! This is an image done time ago for for the especial Doujinshi, NUDO that will be presented at Kaigai Manga Festa, Tokyo, Japan... so If you are in Tokyo this days give us a visit :) and pick this Doujin wich also contain more art from the artist of :iconudoncrew: Tokyo Big Sight, East-West Atrium, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koutou-ku, Tokyo
11:00am to 4:00pm .Admission 1000yen ($12.50CDN)
CHILE!! ATENCION TEMUCO!! :D... Mañana viernes a a las 12 del dia estare, dando una charla sobre color digital, procesos y tecnica en Inacap durante el evento VOLUMEN 2, ojo la ENTRADA es GRATUITA! estare Viernes y Sabado en mi stand, llevare prints asi que si quieren darse una vuelta y charlar un rato :) mas info sobre el evento aqui
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Kitsune (狐 meaning fox) are an especial obakemono, usually present as a trickster band shapeshifter in japanese folklore. Is believed to possess superior intelligence, long life, and magical powers. They are a type of yōkai, or spiritual entity, and the word kitsune is often translated as fox spirit. However, this does not mean that kitsune are ghosts, nor that they are fundamentally different from regular foxes. Because the word spirit is used to reflect a state of knowledge or enlightenment, all long-lived foxes gain supernatural abilities.

There are two common classifications of kitsune. The zenko (literally good foxes) are benevolent, celestial foxes associated with the god Inari; they are sometimes simply called Inari foxes. On the other hand, the yako (literally field foxes, also called nogitsune) tend to be mischievous or even malicious. Local traditions add further types. For example, a ninko is an invisible fox spirit that human beings can only perceive when it possesses them. Another tradition classifies kitsune into one of thirteen types defined by which supernatural abilities the kitsune possesses.

Physically, kitsune are noted for having as many as nine tails. Generally, a greater number of tails indicates an older and more powerful fox; in fact, some folktales say that a fox will only grow additional tails after it has lived 100 years. One, five, seven, and nine tails are the most common numbers in folk stories. When a kitsune gains its ninth tail, its fur becomes white or gold. These kyūbi no kitsune (nine-tailed foxes) gain the abilities to see and hear anything happening anywhere in the world. Other tales attribute them infinite wisdo

One of the oldest surviving kitsune tales provides a widely known folk etymology of the word kitsune. Unlike most tales of kitsune who become human and marry human males, this one does not end tragically:
"Ono, an inhabitant of Mino (says an ancient Japanese legend of A.D. 545), spent the seasons longing for his ideal of female beauty. He met her one evening on a vast moor and married her. Simultaneously with the birth of their son, Ono's dog was delivered of a pup which as it grew up became more and more hostile to the lady of the moors. She begged her husband to kill it, but he refused. At last one day the dog attacked her so furiously that she lost courage, resumed vulpine shape, leaped over a fence and fled.

"You may be a fox," Ono called after her, "but you are the mother of my son and I love you. Come back when you please; you will always be welcome."

So every evening she stole back and slept in his arms."

Because the fox returns to her husband each night as a woman but leaves each morning as a fox, she is called Kitsune. In classical Japanese, kitsu-ne means come and sleep, and ki-tsune means "always comes".
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dttb6296 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
That is so romantic I wish I can have a girl like that as my girlfriend.
NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome!
fullerjames Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
nice picture
SydneyRocks Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
that folktale is cute, but i like kitsune :)
MargravesEternity Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cute
Demondragonsoul Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
intresting...also the folk-lore at the bottom is welcome change!
nakufox Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
very kool would you put this on a shirt..genzo...??
Inthilline Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Beautiful colors! +watch
by-golly Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Just noticed something... the fingernails on her left hand are black and pointed like a fox's claws, while the fingernails on her right hand are unpainted and normal! Nice touch there!
FP745A2001 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
That story was very sweet.
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