Japan from the inside out

All you have to do is look (103)

Posted by ampontan on Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Shirajigaku Kappa Festival held in Nakatsu, Oita, and event that dates from the Edo Period. The boys are playing the role of kappa. The kappa are water sprites in Japanese legend. According to Michael Ashkenazi’s Handbook of Japanese Mythology, they “are usually seen as mischievous troublemakers or trickster figures. Their pranks range from the relatively innocent, such as loudly passing gas or looking up women’s kimonos, to the malevolent, such as drowning people and animals, kidnapping children, and raping women.”

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