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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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December 08, 2009



Martha's Gingerbread Cookies are a holiday standby in my house.
I have made them every Christmas since she put the recipe in her magazine in 1996.
It may be time for a batch or two...

UK lass in US

That lion cookie cutter is great. Yep, kids decorating cookies is always a sight worth seeing. I always try to keep a few aside for my own consumption - I find that I don't need quite as many sprinkles as my kids usually deem necessary...

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