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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 20, 2007



Good luck with your projects---I'm pretty much in a similar boat.

I love those dolls. My daughter would probably love them, too, because they look similar to many of her favorite characters in the Hayao Miyazaki movies she watches. I'll go check the link you provided----thanks!

Beverley Collins

Thank you for pointing the way to Runo's blog! Oh, and love those dolls, the fox girl is so cute.

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