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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 13, 2010



Happy Birthday! I think I've embarked on about, um, four book translating projects, and never made it more than a few pages into any of them! Good luck! Japanese OCR software coupled with automatic translations would work... but yes, that would do nothing for your Japanese. :-)

Donna Pedaci

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