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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 28, 2008


Leah Adams

Have you tried ordering these books domestically from a Japanese import store? I live in Seattle where we are blessed with a super Asian megamart which includes a stand-alone bookstore (Kinokuniya). I've bought lots of books there, and I wonder whether they would either have books you want, or could order in what you need. Call me nuts since I barely know you, but it seems crazy to pay that much for shipping and still wait a month for the book. I don't read or write Japanese, but with a screenshot, I could probably bumble through the inquiry.


Hi, just a note. The yen to dollar exchange rate changed dramatically over the last few month, from the last year average of 117 yen to a dollar to about 100 yen to 1 dollar, so almost one to one. So any Japanese product that you buy in US dollars will have an increased price. (I guess with the sub-prime loan problems, the dollar has lost value since January.) But a banker told me that every election year, the dollar/yen exchange rate is close to 1 to 1. (not sure why this is but it's been true for the last 2 elections anyway.) Nancy Tsurumaki in Tokyo

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