A raccoon dog pottery doll is often seen in Japan along with beckoning cat dolls. You could find one or two in a private home’s garden or other places.
This doll originates from Shigaraki, a famous pottery town in Shiga prefecture. It became popular all over Japan only after the end of World War Ⅱ. The late emperor Hirohito made this doll famous. He traveled across Japan to encourage people after war. When he visited this town, he found many statues of this put along the streets to welcome him. He was really impressed with it and created a poem about it.
It is a lucky charm. Tanuki which means raccoon dog sounds same as the word that means to overcome others.