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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 14, 2007



WHat a great idea! Those toys are really cute. I'll bet your girls are proud of themselves.

I hardly ever get out the sewing maching because M. wants to be right there making something too. This looks like something she should do with my help while I'm working on something else.


That's fabulous! Such a wonderful idea! Thanks!


This is such a marvelous, yet simple, project. Genius!

The crayons are perfect -- I like Pentel's Fabricfun pastel sticks for their intensity, but nothing beats plain old crayons for availability and charm. Are all crafters inner crayon lovers? If we could have only one craft material, wouldn't it be crayons?


What a great quick craft!!

the otter

We have your crayons, If you want them back go to

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