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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 29, 2008

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muralimanohar

Ooh...that Farmhouse Fabrics dress is CUTE. Hmmm...wonder what *I* can do with that idea??

Move over...I'm joining you on the over inspired bench!

nancy

Hi Donna, I plan to visit the US in July and could bring you any Japanese books that you'd like. I looked today at the bookstore, and most of what they had out were books similar to what you already have. They had one book of costumes for kindergarten musical productions, and I wondered if you had ever thought of making princess dresses. (I know that lots of little kids are into the disney princesses, (the book had a few princess dresses, and angel dress etc.-although I know that it's not that much fun to sew satin) Simple patterns compared to McCalls or Butterick but there were a lot of choices. Lots of amigurumi books (crocheting little animals). Let me know, Nancy

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