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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 23, 2007



I love her dress! Did you make it?

And don't speak to me about nature tables, I might start crying. Yours looks lovely. Mine is covered in old mail and discarded wrappers of whatever. Perhaps I should move it away from the front door?


I think your nature table is lovely!

When our started looking like the ones in books I realized my children were no longer interested. So rejoice in it being a living creation!


Ours doesn't either but I think yours is beautiful all the same. I have given up on ours and now my daughter (7) looks after it. It's full of all sorts of unique items but she puts so much heart into it how can I say otherwise.

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