A.japonicus paraphernalia.

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I came across this nice figurine today:



It accompanied an excellent picture book on A.japonicus, published earlier this year by Shogakukan, Inc.

Here's one of the amazing pics in it:



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Can you give us any other information on this picture book? ISBN#, etc..? Do you know of any place online to purchase it? I have had good luck with Amazon.jp, but the site is difficult to navigate for and English speaker.

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This is a Japanese comic book series about Sun-chan, a 100-year-old tobacco-smoking, liquor-drinking giant salamander brought home to keep as a family pet:



 

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I don't see an ISBN code on my copy. Actually I should have said "booklet" as it's only 35 pages. It's No. 35 in a series about Japanese animals that have been designated as Special Natural Monuments.

You can see the booklet's cover and more pics of the figurine at this site:

http://www.icnet.ne.jp/~paragon/books/nonfiction/bk_tennen.html

(not the publisher)

Here's the publisher's English website:

http://www.shogakukan.co.jp/english/index.html

(though I didn't see the booklet listed)

Here's the page for the series as a whole on the publisher's Japanese website:

http://www.tennenkinenbutsu.net/img/02.gif

And here's the page for No. 35:

http://www.s-book.com/plsql/sbc_mag2k_code?sho=2705103103&sha=1&type=s

(local ID code 096235)
 

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Here are a couple more figurines, which are usually sold here for kids together with chocolate inside a plastic "egg":





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Tim how much is the figure/booklet in the first picture?

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Heya Aaron, it's 810 yen ($7.35) plus tax. There was only one copy at the store I bought mine at but it should be available from the publisher.

This illustration is from Fauna Japonica, the monumental work of Philipp Franz Balthazar von Siebold (1796-1866) of Germany.

 

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Here are a couple more from the same source:



 

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I just love the name it used to carry -- Salamandra Maxima
 
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Exactly how large are these things???
Looks like I'm going to have to do some research!
 
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Holy cow!
Thanks for the link Tim. Have you ever seen one?
 
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Elizabeth, if ever you get a chance to visit one of the few zoos in the world that house these bad boys, i highly recommend it. its awe-inspiring. and some of them are so big it looks like they might just eat the little kids that come tap on the glass! lol
 

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By Shunzan Takagi (?-1852). Shown in Atlas Anima. Originally published in "Honzozusetsu".
 

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Mac users (only) who are interested in having a desktop giant salamander mascot can download it from this site:

http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~mr5s-gnz/labo/mascot/oosanMR.sit

...at your own risk, of course. Also, the instructions are probably in Japanese.

You can apparently watch it feast on crabs, fish and frogs



 
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If there was only this much interest in native salamanders in the US.....
I'm glad I don't live in Japan or I would feel compelled to buy a buch of that stuff and set up my own little "shrine" to Andrias.

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