Wednesday, December 03, 2003

I am looking at Chris' website of his photos of Japanese tv screens. The first photo says duckthing. A common Western fallacy.

It is in fact a kappa. Japanese would warn their children to avoid going near the riverbanks because the kappa might "rip out their anuses."

JJ first told me about the kappa when we were in Taiwan. He couldn't explain the dynamics of this anus-snatching but he did say that when he was young there was a sign in Sakitama Park warning of kappa.

A kappa has an indentation filled with water in its head. If you can make the kappa spill its water, it is powerless to rip out your anus. Kappa also like to eat cucumbers. Oddly enough, there is a lot of sexual kappa imagery around Japan.

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