In Japan you can often find critters called tanuki (Japanese raccoon dogs) in front of small shops.  This one was in front of a ramen shop in Tokyo. He's an interesting blend of older, humorous tanuki with exaggerated...erm, bits...and the modern versions that are a bit more vague.

They're symbolic of many things, but luck and other good omens, as well as a bit of mischief are the main ones.
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