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WILD BOAR-Inoshishi

THE WILD BOAR has a prominent place in Japanese culture, it is seen as a fearsome and reckless animal, to the point that multiple words and expressions, which indicate recklessness, include references to wild boars. For hunters and mountain people, challenging the courage of wild boar is a source of admiration. It is also seen as a symbol of fertility and prosperity and is believed to protect pregnant women like a god. It was once believed that a man could become rich, keeping a tuft of boar hair in his wallet.

Master Hakuin (1685-1768), a monk who allowed Zen to be reborn after a long period of stagnation after the introduction of Buddhism, said:  Practice with the energy of a wild boar, vigorous and courageous, running straight towards its goal.

Yamakujira

,

the whale of the mountains

, and, again, under this name wild boar meat is marketed in Kyushu. Its meat began to be eaten in the Edo Period and was called
Botan

,

Peony
, and there is a dish where slices of boar meat are arranged in the shape of peony petals. The puppy boar is called Uribou

, the melon boy

, for the shape and stripes that resemble a melon.