Tanuki (Japanese raccoon dogs) are real, existing animals, but in Japanese folklore, they are one of the most famous legendary creatures in Japan. Tanuki are infamous for being very mischievous. They love to make fun of human beings.
The Raccoon Dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides), or Tanuki, is a canid indigenous to East Asia. The raccoon dog is named for its resemblance to the raccoon, to which it is not closely related. They are very good climbers and regularly climb trees.