Just to clarify, it wasn't actual raccoon meat that I used for the soup. It was actually a recipe for "Japanese "tanuki" or "raccoon-dog" soup, which is also erroneous in itself. The tanuki is a Japanese animal that resembles a cross between a raccoon and a dog, but is not related to either species. It's considered a symbol of good luck in the local culture.
In years gone by, its meat was used in making the soup. However, once vegetarianism came in vogue along with Buddhism, it was replaced by this plant-based material, konyako, or taro gelatin. ADoS quite liked its taste, but neither my uncle or myself were very fond of it. It has an odd smell and a texture similar to rubber. http://1tess.wordpress.com/2009/03/07/racoon-miso-soup/
There's the link to the recipe I used if anyone's interested.