It is Friday and this means it’s time for a mythological or folkloric creature! Some of you may remember that I promised not to talk about a Greek creature this time and I will keep my word ;) So here is a creature from Japanese folklore, the Kappa!
The kappa is a cool little creature from Japanese folklore. It is kind of small, usually a little smaller than a human. It is also said to look like a mix between a monkey and a frog or a turtle! Kappas are said to have a small pool of water at the top of their heads, and if you ever encounter one you should bow before him, because then he will do the same to you. When he bows he will spill the water from his head and won’t be able to harm you!
The kappa we see today has gotten kind of soft. He is more often portrayed like a cute cartoonish character instead of what he was originally. This idea of making scary creatures from folklore soft seems to happen all over the world, and that is pretty sad if you ask me.