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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 28, 2010



That's just beautiful. Great photos! Wish I could see it in person.


Dearest sweet Donna, these are really gorgeous!! Wish i was there to see it. Very beautiful and thanks so much for sharing.

Oh and our birthday falls on the same date!! How cool is that! I hope you had a wonderful merry happy celebration and may all your wishes come true! HAPPY BIRTHDAY and love to you!


Those pictures are amazing! I've seen Niagara Falls in the winter and that has the same alien landscape qualities, with ice forming in weird shapes and with a bluish tinge. It is very beautiful in its own way.

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