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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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November 02, 2007



Ah ha. That is what I need to do--learn to sew and make a teruterubozu for my girls. It drives me crazy, every rainy day we lose an entire box of kleenex to their enthusiasm for making those things!

Laura in Akita

Sonia Luisa

I had no idea...very informative.
thank you for posting this :))

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