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The Kappa In Japanese Folklore

  • Kappas are legendary creatures that inhabit the rivers and waterways of Japan. They have beaked noses, shells on their back and a depression on their heads that holds water. Kappa are mischievous troublemakers. Their pranks range from the relatively innocent, such as loudly passing gas or looking up women's kimonos, to the more troublesome such as drowning swimmers and eating children. They feed on their victims by sucking their liver though their anus. They love cucumbers and if you write your name on a cucumber and throw it in the river, the kappa may be appeased by your gift and allow you to swim in peace.

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December 18, 2007

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Laura

speaking of. . . I'd never thought of that, what do those monkey's do when they get out? At a zoo they could go inside I suppose, but the wild ones hop in onsens too. . . . hmmmmmm

Laura

Amber

We've enjoyed making pomanders this year, too. I haven't tried to Clementines, though.

Thank you for your link to the snow monkeys! My kids will love it!

Amber

Also, I just happened upon your Etsy shop while browsing over there and cannot believe how adorable your clothes are!! What lovely things you have over there. Too bad my own children are too big for them. I especially like those peasant shirts. Soooo cute! You must sew a lot...

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