4/15/2015

Kappa Legends Tohoku

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- KAPPA 河童 / 合羽 / かっぱ / カッパ - Legends -
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- Kappa Legends from Tohoku / Tōhoku 河童伝説 - 東北
Tohoku folk tales about the Kappa


- KAPPA 河童 / かっぱ / カッパ - Legends -
- Introduction -



source : Koriyama Mazasse


Akita / Aomori / Fukushima / Iwate / Miyagi / Yamagata


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Akita 秋田県   



. Akita 秋田県 Kappa Legends 河童伝説  .

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. Aomori 青森県 Kappa Legends 河童伝説 .


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. Fukushima 福島県 Kappa Legends 河童伝説 .


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Iwate 岩手県  

. Tono Monogatari 遠野物語 Legends of Tono, Iwate .
The mascot of Tono - the Kappa Karin-chan and his pink wife Kururin-chan
カリンちゃん & くるりんちゃん


. makuragaeshi 枕返し pillow turner .
下閉井郡 Shimohei district

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東磐井郡 Higashiiwai gun 大東村 Daito

Once a horse driver rested at the river, when a young Kappa came out and tried to pull the horse into the water. But the Kappa was caught and he wanted to kill him. But then the father of the Kappa came along and apologized.
Since then it is customary to float green kusamochi 草餅 mugwort rice cakes in the river on the first day of the sixth lunar month.
And the Kappa did no more harm to animals or humans.

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盛岡市 Morioka

. Kappa at 青物町 Aomonocho "vegetable" district .
and 角力 Sumo wrestler 七つ瀧 Nanatsu Taki


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. Miyagi 宮城県 Kappa Legends 河童伝説 .

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In the town of Shikama 色麻町 in Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan,
there is a shrine devoted to a water god. In the Heian period (794-1192), a shogun named Sakanoue no Tamuramaro arrived in this area. A man called Touemon swam like a kappa across the swiftly flowing river and worked hard for the shogun. The shogun was so pleased that he gave Touemon the surname kappa, which has been handed down by generations of chief priests at the shrine ever since.

The kappa's favorite food is the cucumber. In ancient times, some houses had streams running through their grounds for washing vegetables and other things. People would take the first cucumbers harvested and throw them into these streams as offerings to the water god.
- source : web-japan.org/kidsweb


. Sakanoue no Tamuramaro 坂上田村麻呂 .
(758 - 811)
conquering the Emishi (蝦夷征伐 Emishi Seibatsu) in Tohoku.


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Yamagata 山形県 

. The Kappa from Mogamigawa 最上川河童 .

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東田川郡 Higashitagawa 余目町 Amarume

Once upon a time
an old grandpa prepared some mochi 餅 rice cakes with beans for the first day of the New Year 元日. But a Kappa came along and swindled him out of the pot. Grandpa ran after the Kappa and found the pot swimming under a bridge. He took the pot out of the water and carried it home. And then - he became a rich man.
From this day on, the family of the man alsways prepare prepare Mochi with beans on the first day of the New Year.

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最上郡 Mogami gun 金山町 Kaneyama

The river in the back of the estate of Shibata san there once was a Fudo Myo-O in the form of a horse with a dragon head 龍馬 washing himself in the water.
A Kappa hang on to the tail of this heavenly horse and pulled it. But of course Fudo got hold of the Kappa.
"If you promise not to harm humans any more, I will let you go."
And after that there were no more water accidents in the river.

. Legends about Fudo Myo-O 不動明王 .

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nichibun Yokai Database



search for - かっぱ - 114

search for - 河童 -  1202


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- KAPPA 河童 / 合羽 / かっぱ / カッパ - Legends -
- Introduction -

. mukashibanashi 昔話 folktales - Introduction .
the distinction to legends is sometimes blurred.


. Kappa ishi 河童石 Kappa stone legends
Kappa iwa かっぱ岩 Kappa boulder, Kappa rock .



. Mingei 民芸 Regional Folk Art from Japan .
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