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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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September 18, 2007

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Tara

The little colored rubber bands are called ligatures, they hold the wire to the brackets. The wire is what actually moves the teeth, the brackets are sort of like levers on each tooth.

Uh, yeah, my mom worked for dentists and orthodontists for years when I was a kid and had my own braces.

I remember bending a paperclip to make "braces" when I was a little girl. How quickly my mind changed when I got mine and felt how much they hurt.

Lisa Fournier

Your girls must be going to Dr. Dimassa. That's where Honor goes and she is having the exact same thing done as Miranda...she has top braces and a nighttime bottom retainer.

One hint: when spending the wooden nickels, don't get the small fan...it didn't work.

Dannielle

That is the most precious story ever! Thanks for the smile.

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