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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 01, 2010


Catherine dee Auvil

That's really interesting. Thanks for writing.


THANK you for doing this - it's so important!

In my experience, if you can keep them one more day for recovery (sounds like your basement is the perfect recovery area) PLEASE do. That second recovery day to let the anesthesia completely wear off can mean the difference between life and death for a cat being released back onto the streets. There are plenty of animals that will kill a groggy cat - and I hope that TNR groups will more strongly suggest the second day of recovery. It's truly disheartening to work so hard to give them better lives and then unintentionally bring about their demise.

I don't mean to be a bummer- but I just love them and want them to be safe and well! Thanks SO much again! Purrrrr!

Donna Pedaci


You are doing great work! So many people would turn the other way and pretend the cats were not there... what you are doing is so important for these cats and to prevent future generations from suffering.


This was a great post thank you for sharing it. We have a lot of strays in our town too, infact one has moved in with us since December- she was skin and bones when she showed up. She seems quite happy here if only I could get her to stop stalking our dog!


Bless you for what you are doing for those animals and, more importantly, for teaching your kids these values.
There should be more people like you in the world.

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