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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 25, 2011



Dearest sweet Donna, that festival sounds like fun!! I've always have a fastination for igloo but have never seen or been in a real one. So glad i came by your inspiring space while im on a little packing madness break. :) Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!


What beautiful images of candle light glowing through snow. It looks lots of fun too. Thank you for telling us about the culture of where you live


Hello! I was googling to see if the botanical garden would be celebrating children's day again this year, and found your blog. I am curious as to why you want to learn Japanese? I am a bilingual mom trying to teach my kids Japanese.

Donna Pedaci


wow, that sounds awesome! My husband and daughter made a snow fort last year, out of blocks of snow, but that smooth packed structure is so much more elegant!

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