Are Tsuchinoko real?
Tsuchinoko have been recently popularized by making an appearance in many video games including the Pokémon like games Metal Gear Solid 3, Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain, and Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops, in which the Tsuchinoko is edible. Tsuchinoko also appear on the role-playing series Yo-Kai Watchand is an endemic Life creature in Monster Hunter World.
[*] Tsuchinoko have also recently become a Tumblr meme. So some people may be playing up their “experiences” with one of these creatures just because of it’s popularity. Here’s the post that started the new “Tsuchinoko real” craze. This lead to a lot of Tsuchinoko joke content like this “I want to believe” posterfeaturing a Tsuchinoko.
[*] The government of Yoshii, Okayama once offered a 20 million yen (over $200,000 USD!!!) reward for successful capture of a Tsuchinoko. Another reward was offered for 100 million yen — which is a million US dollars!
[*] You can travel to Japan and hunt for Tsuchinoko on your own. There is a watch point located in Kurosawa, Akaiwa, Okayama pref where a dead Tsuchinoko was once burried. You are asked to leave 100 yen for upkeep of the surrounding area if you chooe to use that location to go on a Tsuchinoko hunt.