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Kappa (folklore) - Wikipedia
"A kappa (..) is an amphibious yōkai demon or imp found in traditional Japanese folklore. They are typically depicted as green, human-like beings with webbed hands and feet and a turtle-like carapace on their backs. A depression on its head, called its "dish" (sara), retains water, and if this is damaged or its liquid is spilled, the kappa is severely weakened.

The kappa are known to favor cucumbers and love to engage in sumo wrestling. They are often accused of assaulting humans in water and removing a mythical organ called the shirikodama from their victim's anus. (..)

While they are primarily water creatures, they do on occasion venture onto land. When they do, the "dish" on their head can be covered with a metal cap for protection. (..)

Kappa are usually seen as mischievous troublemakers or trickster figures. Their actions range from the comparatively minor, such as looking up women's kimonos, to the outright malevolent, such as drowning people and animals, kidnapping children, raping women and at times eating human flesh. Though sometimes menacing, it may also behave amicably towards humans.

Folk beliefs claim the cucumber as their traditional favorite meal. At festivals, offerings of cucumber are frequently made to the kappa.

In Edo (old Tokyo), there used to be a tradition where people would write the names of their family members on cucumbers and send them afloat into the streams to mollify the kappa, to prevent the family from coming to harm in the streams. In some regions, it was customary to eat cucumbers before swimming as protection, but in others it was believed that this act would guarantee an attack. (..)

Even today, signs warning about kappa appear by bodies of water in some Japanese towns and villages. (..)

Lafcadio Hearn wrote of a story in Kawachimura near Matsue where a horse-stealing kappa was captured and made to write a sworn statement vowing never to harm people again. (..)

It was believed that there were a few means of escape if one was confronted with a kappa. Kappa are obsessed with politeness, so if a person makes a deep bow, it will return the gesture. This results in the kappa spilling the water held in the "dish" (sara) on its head, rendering it unable to leave the bowing position until the plate is refilled with water from the river in which it lives. If a person refills it, the kappa will serve that person for all eternity. A similar weakness of the kappa involves its arms, which can easily be pulled from its body. If an arm is detached, the kappa will perform favors or share knowledge in exchange for its return. (..)

Kappa have also been driven away by their aversion to iron, sesame, or ginger. (..)

Yoshitoshi [drew:] Repelling kappa with a fart. (..)

Shrines are dedicated to the worship of kappa as water deity in such places as Aomori Prefecture or Miyagi Prefecture. There were also festivals meant to placate the kappa in order to obtain a good harvest, some of which still take place today. These festivals generally took place during the two equinoxes of the year, when the kappa are said to travel from the rivers to the mountains and vice versa. (..)

The Kappa is also venerated at the Sogenji Buddhist temple in the Asakusa district of Tokyo where according to tradition, a mummified arm of a Kappa is enshrined within the chapel hall since 1818."
japan  folklore  kappa  kapal  imp  yokai  cucumber  politeness  tokyo  aomori 
july 2019 by gohai
Bakeneko - Wikipedia
'The bakeneko (化け猫, "changed cat") is a type of Japanese yōkai, or supernatural creature. According to its name, it is a cat that has changed into a yōkai. It is often confused with the nekomata, another cat-like yōkai,[2] and the distinction between the two can often be quite ambiguous.'

Reportedly, Totoro's catbus is a bakeneko, as is the Maneki Neko good luck totem.
superstitions  cats  catbus  totoro  bakeneko  yokai  japan  history 
march 2017 by jm
Yo-Kai Watch - Tutti i codici QR - GameSource
Yo-Kai Watch codici QR - L'uscita di Yo-Kai Watch è ormai alle porte, vi abbiamo già parlato del gioco nella nostra recensione , ma ora vorremmo anche...
yokai  yo-kai  watch  3ds  nintendo  videogames  codice  codici  qr 
july 2016 by cla
Yo-Kai Watch Italian Fans United
Yo-Kai Watch Italian Fans United. 334 likes · 41 talking about this. Fan-page italiana dedicata a YO-KAI WATCH! Troverete tutte le ultime news, le più...
yokai  yo-kai  watch  password  italiano  videogames  3ds  nintendo 
july 2016 by cla
Yo-kai Encyclopedia - A List of Yo-kai - Yo-Kaipedia
A list of Yo-kai from Yo-kai Watch. All Yo-kai from both Yo-Kai Watch games are included.
yokai  yo-kai  watch  videogames  3ds  japan  nintendo  guide  list 
july 2016 by cla
Neko Musume – Cat Daughter | 百物語怪談会 Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai
Part Cat / Part Human, the Neko Musume are interesting and unique creatures in Japan’s pantheon. A different animal altogether from the shape-changing bakeneko, Neko Musume are mixed-race children that show both traits of their parentage.
japanese  yokai  manga  reference 
may 2015 by pupi
Meet the kappa leprechaun, a tiny monster at the nexus of Japanese and Irish folklore [Concept Art]
Artist and io9 comrade-in-hanging-out Marcelo Gallegos has tipped us to his delightful yokai mash-up creation, the Kappa Leprechaun. This little guy is the hybrid of A.) those diminutive bastards who bedeviled Darby O'Gill; and B.) flatulent Japanese water sprites. Explains Marcelo of this wee creature: More »
Concept_Art  Art  Design  Fantasy  greeting_cards  Ireland  Japan  Kappa  Leprechauns  Marcelo_gallegos  mythology  Yokai  sf  from google
march 2012 by rwhe

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