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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 14, 2007

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norththreads

This kimono is darling!

Amanda

I can't imagine hand-sewing, I think I'm way too impatient for it. On the other hand, I can imagine knitting slowly through a difficult lace pattern, so I guess it's just a matter of getting used to something and seeing it as moving at an acceptable pace. Your kimono will be beautiful, and all the more special for being handsewn. My mom gave us a yukata that my grandmother had made for my brother when he was little, and it was all hand-sewn. It's amazing now to look at it and to realize all the work that she put into it.

I love that Totoro hat! Thanks for the link!

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