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Kappa 河童

Kappa, or river children, are sprites thought to live in marshes and rivers. The indentation on his head holds water which gives him strength, and if you are

confronted by one you are supposed to remove it. The best way to do this is to bow, because, although the legends say that kappa are mischievous and eat children, they’re very polite and will bow in return, spilling out the water.


This Kappa was found on Kappabashi-dori, a street otherwise known as kitchen town. The street and surrounding area have hundreds of specialist shops that supply restaurant owners with everything they need from pots, pans, uniforms and cash tills to store-front

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Taken on June 7, 2009