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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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February 05, 2008



YUM. Did you see my post recently about Miso soup? I've been trying to eat a bowl everyday. It really feels wonderful to have some each day in the winter---very restorative. I'm bad about making Dashi very often---often I just add Miso to hot water rather than Dashi. I do love the taste of Dashi better. In a Japanese Cookbook I've been reading, she suggest adding some homemade ground sesame paste to your Miso, too. I tried that and it was very yummy...

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