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Kappa

Summer in Japan is too hot and too humid, so we think telling the terror stories or horror stories is one of the best way to forget the weather of the summer. We feel cool when we listen the horror stories.(l do not know if you feel the same as Japanese) One of the most typical topics are Yokai stories. The Yokai are mythic monsters.

The Kappa is one of the most popular Yokai and all Japanese people know it. You can find many images and paintings of the Kappa on the internet.  Some of them are so ugly some of them are so cute etc. The kappa does not exist, however there are some people who have seen it real.

Two 'Kappas' at 'Ge ge ge no Kitarou' road a famous Japanese Manga in Tottori. Japan
Two ‘Kappas’ at ‘Ge ge ge no Kitarou’ road a famous Japanese Manga in Tottori. Japan

We believe that Kappa has a plate on his head and normally have some blood around it. The mouth is a beak like bird. The colour of the body is green and has a shell like turtle etc.

They are very naughty creatures and they love cucumbers, this is why cucumber makis are called ‘kappa maki

Kappa looks cute sometimes but they can drags people into the water. Watch out (They are monsters!!) It is said that Kappa is very good at Sumo wrestling, so this monster is very powerful, too.

This is one of my sketches of a Kappa. `Uno de mis esbozos de Kappa'
This is one of my sketches of a Kappa. `Uno de mis esbozos de Kappa’

 

 

 

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