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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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March 06, 2008

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Edi

I just came across your old blog and "Witch in the Well". Recently I posted on my blog about a game we called "Witchie Poo" and wondered if anyone else played it or it was made up.

I grew up in Canada (Manitoba) and our game sounds similar to Witch in the Well. If you want you can head over to my blog to check out how the game was played.

I'm just amazed that games like that (with some variations) could be played by kids across North America...how fun!

Muralimanohar

That is a cute book. I opened mine, and was going to make a top for dd, and discovered the Japanese idea of Large still doesn't come close to my 5'8.5" takes-after-her-Maori-side 13yo dd. :( Oh, well, time to break out the pattern drafting skills, and see what I can do myself with their inspiration! :p

Oh..make your tunic, and then wear it with a belt to cinch the waist, and stave off those preggo comments!! :D

linda

I totally understand about having too many projects all at once, ideas going on and being barely 5'1 yet still loving those tunics!

linda

I totally understand about having too many projects all at once, ideas going on and being barely 5'1 yet still loving those tunics!

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