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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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ArkBlitz Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for explaining one of the many sources of Japanese folklore that were used in the Naruto series.
WickedPrince Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
The pictures are always awesome, but it's also great fun to read up on them. This one was especially fun. :D
leviadragon99 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Mm, you do have to wonder how such a distinct bit of mythology came about...
Cesarperry Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Notable II
Michael-TheFox Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks Awesome!!! The way it came out,its amazing. Instant Fav.
Bad--Wolf--Bay Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Thank you for letting :iconfantasy-universe: feature your work!
joe-7 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Very beautiful!
WangJundu Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Thank you very much for creating this excellent picture with your amazing skills, the color arrangement and the beautiful theme are what makes me so happy seeing it. Hope you can create more works like this in the future!

Love from Beijing, :kiss: Amazing work!
paws4thot Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
This is a superb peice of work, not just for the colour palate, but also for catching the spirit of a zenko, and for the way the costume mixes traditional Japanese and Euro/American design influences.

Also, domo oragato for the infodump.
bakurio007 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
my god that wonderful image
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