Zenko/ Yako? (2011)

Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore, depicted as intelligent beings possessing magical abilities. Foremost among these is the ability to assume human form. Some of these folktales speak of foxes employing this ability to trick others-as foxes in folklore often do-with motives that vary from mischief to malevolence. These foxes are referred to as theĀ yako. Other stories portray foxes as faithful guardians, protecting humans. These are called theĀ zenko. The difficulty is in distinguishing which is which.