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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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June 20, 2008



HaHa!! Okay, I feel better now- it does help that I'm not the only one. I have thought of doing the whole duct tape dummy thing, but I don't know if i have the know-how to alter anything other than taking in the sides. I think I am going to find a class. maybe I'll start making my own patterns a la' Wiksten. Good luck on the dress!


I was wondering if you had any advice for someone who really WANTS to make something from a Japanese pattern, but does not know a lick of Japanese. Say this same person is also plus-sized. I would hate to spend $22 on a book to find out that I am not capable of piecing a garment together or capable of making it the right size. I have a duct tape dress form and I would consider myself an intermediate seamstress. Do you have a post where you have talked about Japanese patterns? I have not tried sizing up any american patterns... maybe I should start there?

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