Wednesday, February 01, 2006
A Japanese bestiary
The weird and wonderful world of Japanese beasties
. My favourite, rather boringly, is the
. When I mentioned Japanese monsters, A. immediately reeled off her "favourites":
was a kappa. In the Edo period, there was a widespread belief in these water monsters. There were even "kappaology" tracts on their natural history [
]. The Yoshitoshi print above shows a basic "kappa control method".
Well, it provides an excellent excuse - 'sorry about that, just shooing off a kappa'!
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