A hot Japanese soup. Soba are buckwheat noodles. The tanuki is a Japanese raccoon dog.
ezo-tanuki, Northern white tanuki (image source, a blog with nice animal photos)
I’ve not been hunting. This dish is nearly vegan (you can use vegan broth). In Osaka, tanuki soba means a soba soup garnished with a slice of abura-age. In other places in Japan, they may give it a wrong appellation. Maybe it evokes the color of the fur of a tanuki. Or it’s because it’s tanukis’ favorite dish when they dine out in town…
Thin abura-age, it’s fried tofu slices. I bought them. Before adding them to the soup, I wipe away the excess of oil and slightly toast them.
Kabu are Japanese turnip. They can be pearly white, either small or huge. And more rarely red skinned.