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Kappa, data de finalització desconeguda i pertany al gènere mitològic

Kappa are legendary creatures; a type of water sprite found in Japanese folklore. However they are also considered to be a part of Cryptozoology, due to claims of sightings. It could be the Japanese giant salamander.

Keyamura Rokusuke struggling with three kappa on the bank of a river in which a fourth kappa also is swimming, ca.1836 by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Keyamura Rokusuke struggling with three kappa on the bank of a river in which a fourth kappa also is swimming, by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Kappa supposedly inhabit the ponds and rivers of Japan, and have various features to aid them in this environment, such as webbed hands and feet. By Toriyama Sekien (1712 – September 22, 1788), an 18th-century scholar and ukiyo-e artist of Japanese folklore.

Kappa river spirit ~ Book illustration (paper, ink) by Toriyama Sekien from the series Gazu Hyakki Yakō , Volume 1776

The rivers and lakes of Japan are have long been the haunts of a wide variety of strange creatures of all shapes and sizes. Although many of these have been regulated to the realm of pure folklore and myth, there are others that have transcended beyond mere legend and become thought of as something more cryptozoological in nature. One of the most well known of these is a mysterious, bipedal water dwelling creature known as the Kappa, which has skyrocketed past its origins as local folklore…

Kappa by Yuko Shimizu. This Yokai lives in the ponds and lakes. The Kappa seem to be very mischievous and like to wrestle people underwater.

Suiko- Japanese myth: a violent and strong water goblin that rank above kappas. They had the body of a child, but with hard green scales and tiger claws on their kneecaps. They would pull humans under water to drink their blood and eat their soul.

JAPAN's_Suiko: Suiko are found in both China and Japan and are often confused with kappa, which they closely resemble. However, suiko are far more dangerous, violent, and hot-tempered than their kappa cousins.



Kappa, a mischievous, Japanese water spirit who loves cucumber - I always think of them when I eat kappa rolls, my favourite sushi :)