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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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December 01, 2007



We're using a magnetic advent calander that my folks gifted us with a few years ago. I like it a lot but I miss the excitment of not knowing what was behind each number on the more traditional sort of advent calanders. All the advent calanders that they sell here in Japan (at those in my city) have chocolates behind each flap. Yea. Like my kids need more sugar. I avoid those kinds. We are recycling a nice one we got several years ago too.

We have our tree up, our hodge podge of decorations out. No lights (except on the tree) as I totally don't trust Japanese wiring--I can't use my heater and oven at the same time without the breaker switch flipping. . .

My kids are bouncing off the walls but trying to be "good" at the same time. December 2nd. Interesting. How long will they last?


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