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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 18, 2008



I like your handwriting! That notebook is nice, I use one that's totally unlined, but it would be nice to half half-and-half.

Such pretty dresses in progress! Your embroidery is so pretty. Miranda is lucky.

And I'm with you, Japanese sizes are way too small for me. Sigh.


I feel your pain with the Japanese poor 13yo dd is already in large womens sizes, thanks to her extra large Maori dad..her ribcage circumference is already way larger than mine, and I'm not the smallest person in the universe, lol.

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