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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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May 14, 2008



That's absolutely right, together you and Brian are a great team! It's so good to hear that Ivy is spunky again. Better that than lying there and not caring what's done to her. Go Ivy!


Hi, I've been reading all of your posts about Ivy and her surgery. So glad that it's over and that she is on the mend. It must be so hard for you to see her lying there, not feeling well, and not able to eat. So hope you are all home soon. Nancy Tsurumaki in Tokyo


Donna thank you SOOOO much for your well wishes for mum when you have been going through so much yourself. It's good to read little Ivy has a temper! Things must be looking up!!!!I hope life is back to normal for you guys very very soon. Hugs for Ivy and you too :)


Even if it is slow going, I am happy to hear about the progress Ivy is making. I know how she feels, she isn't hungry but missing food. I was in that same type of situation when I had my kids-for a week. I missed food so much that I had dreams about gourmet meals, but I wasn't actually hungry. I just wanted to get on with life already! She is going through normal stages in recovery, always a good sign.

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