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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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October 16, 2009



How fascinating! Those Japanese heaters sound so smart. Here in Oslo, Norway were I live we get our heat piped into our row house via hot water pipes. The heat is generated at a plant that generates heat from burning garbage. Recycling at its best. Our place is so well-insulated that we never even turn on the radiators that the pipes go to. We get enough heat from just the hot water pipes going through our house. The meter readers come once a year to read how much heat we have used. We pay a fixed rate every month and then the either bill you or refund the difference. We always end up getting money back. For us it is a great system. :D

Donna Pedaci

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Thanks for responding! It does sound like a great
system and ecological as well.


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