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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 12, 2013


Nancy Tsurumaki

Wow, you look wonderful. I can't believe all of the detail that you put into the dress. You definitely have to find another place to wear it. Nancy in Tokyo (so glad to read your new post).


That's fabulous. My eldest and I both read this as part of my book club....and then she spent about a month constantly wearing a red scarf she'd knitted ;) This would be a steampunk costume I'd quite enjoy making for her cosplaying....hers wouldn't have the incredible amount of detail you've put into yours though. LOVE IT.

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