- This monster references the Japanese legend of Tanuki-bayashi, in which the sound of drums or flutes appears seemingly without cause in the middle of the night. Some variations on the legend purport that Tanukis were the source of the sound.
- In addition, "Ponpoko" references to the sound of drumming a Tanuki makes by beating on their belly for a drum.
- This monster appears in the artwork of "Leaf Transformation".
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