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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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June 25, 2007



Donna, I found your blog by chance. I think that it's great that you're learning Japanese and can read hiragana. Just wanted to say that in this case with the ice maker- natsukashii is one word that means (bringing back old memories). Just looked it up in the dictionary, and they translate it as 'dear', but then have natsukashii omoide, which is how it is usually used, is translated as sweet memories, or memories dear to me. Your hard work is inspiring. If you can find the game karuta, the kids might enjoy it. There are different themes, depending on your interest. But the hiragana cards are spread on the table, and then one person who is the reader, reads a short poem, statement (these are on separate cards that only the reader can see). The first sound in the reading is the sound on the hiragana card that the players have to search for. Nice to meet you, Nancy Tsurumaki in Tokyo

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