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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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April 06, 2008

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muralimanohar

Those are pretty cute....might be worth checking out, with all the little girls in my life! :D

muralimanohar

Well, thanks to this post, I zipped into Kinokuniya today, and (thankfully!) found BOTH of these books immediately, and bought them both! I can't wait to break into them!! They are great for basics that I can do all kinds of things to, heheh.

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