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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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July 12, 2007

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Lisa

Oh, I know what you mean about bravely trying not to cry...we had a moment of that just the other day, we were on the Cape and we told Liv that the Duck Tour might be a tad too expensive so don't get your hopes up, and have a fit if we say no...we got there and it was super expensive so no Duck tour ride. the eyes filled up as the tears silently flowed, but not a sound or fit was had...guess who got a duck tour ride? LOL! I am so impressed you are trying to learn Japanese, I stink at learning foreign languages, much less those that don't use the alphabet! But, due to all the amazing Japanese book out there, I may be motivated to do just that!

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