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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 23, 2007



I love that you have ornaments from your childhood, I wish I had some too. The cheese house is so sweet!

We have an artificial tree too, I feel like it would be nice to have a real tree, and maybe we will some year, but I love saving so much money each year. Especially because our tree was something like $10, having bought it the day after Christmas many years ago. And I love not feeling guilty about disposing of the tree carcass each year, even though our town comes by to pick them up for composting.

Merry Christmas to everyone!

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