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"Yokai: Kappa" by Richard Svensson

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The kappa may be the most popular Yokai of all. It has a healthy appetite for cucumbers and bathing people's anuses! This image was done for a book project about the creatures of japanese folklore.

16 Oct 2009:-) Anitta Hiekkanen
Being polite was the most effective way of warding these fellows off, if memory serves. Beautiful inking, I must say.
Oh yes! *first comment polka*

:-) Richard Svensson replies: "Thanks for the polka; I enjoyed it!
Yes; the best way to escape the clutches of the Kappa was to make a very polite, deep bow. The creature would then return the bow and pour out the water collected in the "bowl" at the top of his head. That would make him loose his powers and he’d have to return the the waters from whence he came."
16 Oct 2009:-) Anne Wipf
I wouldn’t like to go bathing here, hehe.... Greatly done 1

:-) Richard Svensson replies: "You know, in Japan they toss the first cucumbers to ripen into waters where people bathe, in order to have the Kappas leave their butts alone!"
20 Oct 2009:-) Camilla Blomdahl
Skalman utan mössa.

:-) Richard Svensson replies: "Han har ingen mat-och-sov-klocka heller!"
21 Oct 2009:-) Jeanette M Thomas
Possibly this is the ancestor of the Teen-age Mutant Ninja Turtles???? Strong family resemblence. Of course the TAMNT’s have evolved a good bit, substituting love of Pizzas for cucumbers, but there could be links to their sense of "humor" in some conditions. 121

:-) Richard Svensson replies: "Well, both the Kappa and the TMNT have the same Oriental background, sort-of. The Kappa seems to prefer sumo wrestling, though."
6 Jan 2010:-) Daniela Black Phoenix Irimiash
*dies laughtings* Well that’s one imp I would never wanna’ meet! 1 Cool pic!

:-) Richard Svensson replies: "I’m sure it would be the most interesting meeting of your life (though your very last one)."
29 Mar 2011:-) Aaron R Maurer
this is aesome, but i thought they were part platypus for some reason.2

:-) Richard Svensson replies: "Thanks! Nope, they’re almost all tortoise."
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'Yokai: Kappa':
 • Created by: :-) Richard Svensson
 • Copyright: ©Richard Svensson. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Japanese, Kappa, Yokai
 • Categories: Demons, Imps, Devils, Beholders..., Mythical Creatures & Assorted Monsters, Orc, Goblins, Trolls, Trollocs..., Asian Traditions, Mythology
 • Techniques: Coloured Ink, Watercolour
 • Submitted: 2009-10-13 08:18:17
 • Views: 6037
 • Resolution: 1053x1392

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