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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 26, 2008



I hope Ivy is feeling better soon. You are too, I hope? We've got the fever here too, Max is miserable.

I both like and hate the tracing/cutting step. If I remember to treat it as a separate step, I can get into drawing the long, sweeping lines and doing the curving cuts. But if what I really want to do is just to start sewing, then the time it takes to trace, pin, and cut is agonizing.

Interesting thought about not reading Japanese being freeing. I'm still at that frustrated stage because I want to know what it says, perhaps if I can get as much experience as you I'll just let it go and enjoy. Something to look forward to!

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