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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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February 15, 2009


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I love these. They are great for kids, but even fun as adults (at least for a while).

Roy Kaneshiro

The Ichiban Kan website has shutdown and it appears that at least some of the stores in the San Francisco area also have closed. Does anyone know if there are other Ichiban Kan stores that are open or if they are, if they accept mail orders? We have friends in San Francisco that we can contact to purchase the toys, if necessary. My wife is an elementary school teacher that would like to introduce toys and crafts to her kids that they have not seen or heard of. Also, does anyone know how much these taketombo toy packs are? If Ichiban Kan does not have any stores still open, does anyone know any other sources of these toys? Thanks!

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