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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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January 27, 2008

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Tara

I recently broke a needle (sewing over pins!) and she was right...it sews so much better with a new needle! I still don't think I'll be changing it out as often as she says to but I will change it a little more often than every 6 months!

Florence

I was surprised to read this too! The only worrying thing is that I still don't notice any difference between an old or new needle having tried to follow this rule 50% of the time since reading it! Oh dear.

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