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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 24, 2007


Christina Mano


Just thought I should leave a comment to let you know how inspired and happy your family and this photo made me:) I find it extremely positive that your daughters "do not get" the concept of different colours. It gives me immense hopes for the future; I pray they stay that way and that the children I [hopefully] one day will have, will think similarly:)

All the best,
Christina [a 25 year old (today!) French/Norwegian girl, living in Scotland]

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