Anne Louise Avery is a writer and art historian. She has studied Japanese language and art at SOAS in London and ICU University in Tokyo, and was the recipient of a Daiwa Foundation Scholarship. She is the cartography editor for Panorama: the Journal of Intelligent Travel and director of Flash of Splendour, which works to empower disadvantaged young people through academic outreach. Her publications include Albion’s Glorious Ile (Unicorn Press, June 2016), a book of fantastical 17th century maps, described by Simon Schama as “wonderful.” Currently, she is working on a collaborative project with the Bodleian Libraries, University of Bristol and Aardman Animation, focusing on the figure of Reynard the Fox, which will lead to the publication of her new children's book, a major exhibition and a series of animation films.
The Japanese raccoon dog or tanuki, a shape-shifting, hedonistic and jovial trickster, has always lived in the borderlands between human