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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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August 31, 2007

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Laura

Those dresses look adorable! I can't even imagine having the talent and skill necessary to do what you do!

As I was keeping up to date on your blog tonight I noticed the bit about Kappas on your side bar for the millionth time.

My husband is from Satsuma Sendai in Kyushyu and their city mascot is. . . .the kappa! the old down town main strip is lined with light posts that are all capped by a dancing kappa (or a kappa about to spear someone, or. . .well, they are mischeivous mythological things aren't they?) Ironically, we now live in Akita where the local boogy man is the Oga Namahage (basically demons). Japan seems to be smitten with scary mythological things.

Next trip down to my husband's hometown I'll take some picture for you of all the kappas gracing everything from the lamp posts to the huge retaining walls along the river that goes through the center of the town.

Congratulations on your job at the theater. That sounds like a job that would have some good perks to it!

Laura

felicia

Congratulations on your new job.

Smitha

Congratulations on your new job!! yay!!

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