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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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January 14, 2009


anna kiss

Thank you for reminding me I wanted to do this! I went to the blog I saw it on last year and traced it back to the apparent original:


These are beautiful, and I will never be able to make them outside around here. Our art playgroup was painting in the front yard in short sleeves this morning, and I was starting to wish for a little shade. I need to plan trips for Rebecca to even see snow. I miss the garden down time you get places where it gets cold, I miss dormancy. Half my tomato plants are still alive for heavens sake!


Those are cooool. If I lived somewhere cold, that would be SO fun to make! Of course, I don't take bets on how long they would last around my destructo-kids. :p

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