Looking at the Fox myth in Japan
In Japan, the fox is a revered animal. The Japanese and foxes have been living close together since ancient times, and due to this relationship, foxes has been believed to have mystical powers. There is a strong believe that foxes are messengers of the Shinto deity of fertility, prosperity and rice, Inari Okami. In Yōkai folklore, all foxes can shape shift into human form and back. Some believe foxes employ this ability to trick people, others believe that they use this ability to be guardians, and to help people in need.
Kitsune are fox spirits closely associated with Inari, serving as Inari’s messengers. The Kitsune’s wisdom and power are usually measured by how many tails it has, and the nine-tailed Kitsune is seen as the most powerful. Some legends state that a Kitsune only grows a new tail every 100 years. In most folk stories one, five, seven, or nine tails are the most commonly used. When a Kitsune gains its ninth tail it’s fur changes to white or gold and they are then called kyūbi no kitsune (nine-tailed foxes). The kyūbi no kitsune then gains abilities like hearing and seeing EVERYTHING happening anywhere in the world and infinite wisdom. People are even known to make offerings to the Kitsune.
Generally, according to myths and legends, there are two types of Kitsune: Zenko (Good Foxes) are the benevolent foxes associated with Inari. They are also called Inari Foxes. The other type is the yako (field foxes or nogitsune), and they are mischievous or sometimes malicious. There are other types as well like the ninko, which is an invisible fox spirit, only perceived when it possesses a person. Foxes are revered in Japan, and when one looks into the eye of the fox, what does the fox say?
xxxHolic, has a pipe-fox (Kuda-gitsune), a type of kitsune that lives in inanimate objects like smoking pipes and flutes. It also features Kitsunes in a few other episodes.
A kyūbi no kitsune, called the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox, was sealed within Naruto Uzumaki, the main character of Naruto.
The Pokémon known as Vulpix (Rokon in Japanese) and Ninetales (Kyukon) are both inspired by the Kitsune Legend.
In the Korean anime movie Yobi the 5 Tailed Fox, a five tailed fox falls in love with a human boy.
In the anime Kamisama Hajimemashita, Tomoe is a familiar guarding the land god.
In the Korean drama, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, a boy and a fox spirit falls in love.
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