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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 07, 2007

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lynnie

I love those. M.'s interested in snowflakes and I've been looking for some crafts to do with her.

katie

Oh my gosh, it looks like you guys have so much fun! I love your daughter's names, and all of the craftiness you're up to. Happy Holidays! =^.^=

Laura

You've got a girl who goes shirtless in the winter time too!

It is driving me nuts! My youngest (5) is absolutely resolute in refusing to wear her snow jacket--even when it is snowing heavily outside! She cries at the sight of it. When she gets home from school the first thing she does is strip down. Even if it is only 10 degrees Celcius inside our house! At night she refuses to wear p.j.s and opts for a light undershirt and underwear instead. Then she wakes me up all night burrowing into me for warmth! Oh, and her hacking cough is back this week. sigh.

The crafts you are doing with your daughters look like so much fun! I remember a post in which you lamented that you weren't a "fun mom". Might have to go back and rewrite that one! Ginger bread houses? Wax snow flakes? What could be more fun than Christmas crafts?

Laura

Laura

You've got a girl who goes shirtless in the winter time too!

It is driving me nuts! My youngest (5) is absolutely resolute in refusing to wear her snow jacket--even when it is snowing heavily outside! She cries at the sight of it. When she gets home from school the first thing she does is strip down. Even if it is only 10 degrees Celcius inside our house! At night she refuses to wear p.j.s and opts for a light undershirt and underwear instead. Then she wakes me up all night burrowing into me for warmth! Oh, and her hacking cough is back this week. sigh.

The crafts you are doing with your daughters look like so much fun! I remember a post in which you lamented that you weren't a "fun mom". Might have to go back and rewrite that one! Ginger bread houses? Wax snow flakes? What could be more fun than Christmas crafts?

Laura

Laura

I am so sorry that that posted twice. Yikes.

Laura

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