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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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March 14, 2008

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muralimanohar

Oh, man, I couldn't even tell you how much I LOVED Miss Happiness and Miss Flower when I was a kid!! I read it over and over and over again! And I'd gone and forgotten it now, lol!

Mel

That looks like a beautiful story,
Melx

Ravenhill

this looks like a beautiful and most special book. And your doll is a treasure! I love all the fabrics and lovely hand made goods you make and show on your site!
Happy weekend from emily in Norway

Liz

Isn't it amazing how favorite childhood stories stay with us? It saddens me that so many of them are out of print. I'm glad you have a copy of yours!

Liz

Isn't it amazing how favorite childhood stories stay with us? It saddens me that so many of them are out of print. I'm glad you have a copy of yours!

elise

what an amazing doll. I wonder of all she has seen in her little life!

lynnie

When I was a little girl I collected dolls. My dad was in the Navy, so we moved a lot and I got dolls from all over the world. I remember I had two little Japanese dolls something like yours. I wonder what happened to all those dolls?

That book sounds wonderful. I have to go to amazon now and see if I can find it used.

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