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Funny story about Japanese traditional monster:Kappa

Shinno
Shinno
Helloeveryone!
I am shinno who is whisky advisor.It is so hot that l am exhausted.How are you doing?Is your region hot as well?

According to Japanese culturewe make cold talking about ghosts or monster. Why?

When we Japanese feel afraid, we feel something cold.
Is it common sense in the world?
Please give me your comments if possible.

Shinno
Shinno
Did you hope to become cold little bit by Japanese traditional fearful story?
Sounds good! Did you prepare the whisky?
OK, Let’s read it!

Did you know traditional Japanese monstersYoukai?

Todaylet me introduce Kappa(河童) who is Yokai(妖怪) .
Yokai is difficult to
 explain in English. Yokai is not the ghost. One of the folklore.
Without fear of misunderstanding, one of the Japanese traditional monster.
There are various Yokais.
However, I would like to focus on Kappa. 

 

 

Shinno
Shinno
Above picture of “Kappa” was drawn by my wife whose name is “Chiyoko”.

Chiyoko
Chiyoko
I am Chiyoko who is a person in charge of drawing.
Nice to meet you.

My American friends said that Japanese chupacabra.
However
l think it is not so evil.
Japanese people have been loving Kappa from the Edo era at least.
This monster is not only fearful but also cute. 

Following Ukiyoe picture is drawn by Kuniyoshi Utagawa(歌川国芳) at Edo era.
The title of this picture is “Kappa is caught by samurai in the river.”

 

(A quote from wikipedia.)

 

Could you understand this overview of “Kappa”?
If you have questions, please give me your comments.
In the next section, let me introduce Kappa’s character. It is very funny.

Kappa lives in the river/swamp. 

Kappa is written in Kanji as “河童”.
”河” means river or swamp.
“童” means children.

Showing by Kanji, Kappa is river children. They need to be wet. Especially, their plates of head. They should be always wet.  Otherwise, Kappa dies.
They are very sensitive.

Shinno
Shinno
Their head is so sensitive.
Do not use Blow dryer for Kappa if you meet.
Chiyoko
Chiyoko
By the way, Kappa’s favorite food is cucumbers.
If you meet Kappa in Japan, please give them cucumbers.
They will be happy.

 

Kappa likes to doing sumo wrestling with children.

According to folklore, they like to do sumo wrestling with children.
Kappa likes childish mischief, and Kappa surprises humans.
This story tells us that Kappa is so funny.

Chiyoko
Chiyoko
Why do children not fear the Kappa?

Shinno
Shinno
It is a good question.
I don’t know.
The reason is vary from story to story, but I think Kappa hides their identity and plays sumo wrestling with children.

 

 

 

Kappa robs people of their souls from the exits of people’s body.

Did you want to see Kappa or become friends?
I think you have already loved Kappa.
The character is attractive.

However,  I need telling about the fearful character of Kappa. I am so sorry.
Kappa robs the soul. Especially, from the exit of people’s body. 

 

(A quote from wikipedia.)

 

Kappa is funny but it is kind of Yokai , monster.
They are not always fearful but are not always good.

Chiyoko
Chiyoko
This drawing is scary.

Shinno
Shinno
Kappa is Yokai. It is not “Pikachu” of Pokemon.

 

 

Shinno
Shinno
Last story is fearful.
Did you feel the cold?

 

Chiyoko
Chiyoko
 It is difficult to understand “the exit of our body” for me.
Why did you use such a difficult expression?

Shinno
Shinno
Oh, it is a good question.
I need to pass the Google Adsense.
So I should avoid slang. 

 

Summary

1.Kappa lives in the river/swamp.
2.Kappa likes Sumo wrestling with children.
3.Kappa robs people of their souls from the exits of people’s body.

Chiyoko
Chiyoko
Did you enjoy this short story?
If it is enjoyable, we are happy.

Shinno
Shinno
We would like to introduce  Japanese culture and Japanese whisky.
If you have a request, please give me your comment.
See you next time! 
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