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10/30/2015

Jozankei Hokkaido

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- Jozankei Hokkaido 定山渓 北海道 -

This onsen hot spring resort is now having Kappa everywhere. The most important one is the

Kappa Dai-O, Daio 河童大王/ かっぱ大王 Great King Kappa



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The town has a map with 24 Kappa figures to find while taking a walk.

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There is a "legend of Kappa" in Jozankei hot springs.
And Kappa is a mascot of Jozankei. "Kappa road" was named for "Kappa" and also there is a "Kappa" designed drinking fountain. Do you know there is a openwork "Kappa" on handrail of Tsukimi-bridge over Toyohira River?
Fairy tale kappa statues which are seen everywhere in the hotspring town are based on ideas given by residents of Sapporo, and made by sculptors from both inside and outside of Hokkaido .
Enjoy walking, guessing what kind of "kappa" you will run into...



Until the Choshiguchi hydroelectric power plant was built in 1908, the water flow of the Toyohira River was big enough to wash out logs (for straight-grained boards) of the interior of the mountain down the river. There were also many big river fishes inhabited everywhere in the deep channels. Around that time, there was a young boy, named a Mr. Seyama, who was working for road works. When he was fishing by one of the deep pools of the river, all of sudden he was sucked down into the bottom of the river, even though he did not miss his footing. Villagers who were working to wash out the logs down the river saw the boy being sucked into the river, and immediately jumped into the river to try to rescue him.

But the river was so deep that they could not rescue him, and at the end the days passed without being able to find the boy. A year later, on the night of the first memorial service for the boy, the young boy appeared in his father’s dream and said, “I am living happily with a water goblin wife and a child.” The most handsome boy in the village was probably charmed by the goblin wife living in the river. Since then, the area has been called as the goblin’s pool, and there has been no one who goes missing.



- - - - - Check out the 24 Kappa statues here :
- source : jozankei.jp/en/about/kappa




かっぱ太郎 Kappa Taro
near the hot foot bath 足のふれあい太郎の湯


定山渓温泉街の二見公園にある像。
昭和40年(1965年)に始まったかっぱ祭りの主体となるものをと、おおば比呂司のアイディアとデザインにより作成したもの。昭和41年(1966年)第2回かっぱ祭りの際に設置。
かっぱ大王像
かっぱ妹子(いもこ) Kappa Imoko
カッパーマン Kappaaman
city.sapporo.jp/minami

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Kappa Ema 定山渓河童絵馬 votive tablet



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Some say the Kappa is of Ainu origin, . . .
The Ainu, Japan’s earliest inhabitants, live primarily in Hokkaido, the northernmost island, and their folklore is rich in imagery and monsters. Near Sapporo, the main city in Hokkaido, is an area called Jozankei, home to the “Great Kappa King” and the “Kappa Buchi Legend.” However, the Jozankei legends are probably not of Ainu origin.
According to the Angelfire web site:
The Ainu believe in a magical connection between trees and humans. For example, when a certain tree is cut down a girl will die. They feel that willows are like living humans and make miniature sacrificial willows from willow peelings (see also Willoughby-Meade, Chinese Ghouls and Goblins for more). The Ainu are also known for their Shamanistic beliefs and practices (perhaps of Siberian origin).
... Ainu tales ... One story in the collection is called The Old Man of the Sea (Atui Koro Ekashi). It describes an ocean monster able to swallow ships and whales.

The symbol of Jozankei Valley is the Kappa, the water sprite.
Jozankei (valley) 定山渓温泉 is a hot spring area and spa near Toyohiragawa River in southwest Sapporo (Hokkaido). Called "Sapporo's Back Parlor," the spa is surrounded by mountains, and was discovered by a monk called Jozan, and named after this monk for the efforts he made to develop it. The Kappa is the guardian spirit of the area. Local legend tells of a young boy who fell into a deep pool, where he was taken to the land of the Kappa, and lived happily thereafter. Approximately 23 Kappa stand in various poses around the spa town, including the Great Kappa King. There is also a Kappa Pool, which becomes very lively during the Kappa Festival that takes place in early August.

Kappa-Buchi (Kappa Pool) Legend in Jozankei 定山渓
According to local folklore, a young man was fishing in a deep pool in Jozankei, but fell in and never surfaced. Months later he appeared in his father's dreams to say he was living happily with the Kappa, and his Kappa wife and child. The pool is named “Kappa-buchi," or kappa pool, in light of this legend.
- source : Mark Schumacher

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Kappon かっぽん 定山渓温泉 Jozankei hot spring

. Kappon かっぽん - 定山渓 Kappa Mascot .

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Jozankei Kappa Festival 定山渓河童まつり / かっぱ祭り / 定山渓カッパまつり

The annual“Kappa Week” in early August
Various events and "Kappa food" at many places.





定山渓かっぱのやわらかたまごサブレ Tamago Sabure bisquits




「キュウリエキス配合」の「定山渓温泉カッパの湯」
hot spring extract with cucumber

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At Jozankei, they run a Momiji Kappa Bus during the autumn season.
momiji kappa basu 「紅葉かっぱバス」
. momiji kappa basu 「紅葉かっぱバス」in Jozankei .

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定山渓雪の階下り湯のホテル
Jozankei yuki no kai kudari yu no hoteru

Jozankei -
down to the Snow Floor
at the Hot Spring Hotel


Watanabe Shiori 渡辺しおり

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. Kappa densetsu 河童伝説, Kappa minwa 河童民話 - Legends - Introduction .

. - yookai, yōkai 妖怪 Yokai monsters - .


. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

. Mingei 民芸 Regional Folk Art from Japan .

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3/22/2015

mahoroba

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- mahoroba まほろば a place of peace and bliss - and Kappa -




吉野ヶ里遺跡古代浪漫紀行1-まほろば大和
- source : ニヤッとする話

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Mahoroba is an ancient Japanese word describing a far-off land full of bliss and peace. It is roughly comparable to the western concepts of arcadia, a place surrounded by mountains full of harmony and quiet.

Mahoroba is now written only in hiragana as まほろば. The origins of the word are not clear; it is described in a poem in the ancient Kojiki (古事記) as being the perfect place in Yamato:

Yamato wa Kuni no mahoroba Tatanazuku
Aokaki-yama gomoreru Yamato shi uruwashi.

夜麻登波
久爾能麻本呂婆
多多那豆久
阿袁加岐 夜麻碁母禮流
夜麻登志宇流波斯

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大和は国のまほろばたたなづく青垣山ごもれる大和しうるわし

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大和は本当に素晴らしい。青い山々の連なる大和は本当に美しいなあ。

Yamato is
The highest part of the land;
The mountains are green partitions
Lying layer upon layer,
Nestled among the mountains,
How beautiful is Yamato !
Tr. Michael Marra

- source : wikipedia




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まほろば河童まつり Mahoroba Kappa Matsuri


- source : www.takahata-bunka.jp


「松川の河童伝説」Matsukawa no Kappa Densetsu 
. Yamagata 山形県 Mahoroba Kappa Festival .

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芦屋市はわがまほろばよ燗熱く
Ashiya shi wa waga mahoroba kan atsuku

the town of Ashiya
is my land of bliss -
the sake flask is warm


For the NHK Haiku Okoku meeting in December she had invited the participants to the Kyoshi Memorial Museum in Ashiya.
She had ordered the caretakers not to sweep the leaves of the large keyaki zelkova tree and all could walk and enjoy the crunching sound of the yellow leaves on the ground.

. WKD - Inahata Teiko 稲畑汀子 - Haiku Master .
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まほろばの吉備津の神の青嵐
mahoroba no Kibitsu no kami no ao arashi

a summer storm
for the gods of Kibitsu,
the land of bliss


Kurata Koobun 倉田紘文 Kurata Kobun (1940 - 2014)


Kibitsu Jinja 吉備津神社
Kibitsu Hiko Jinja 吉備津彦神社
. Okayama Kibij 岡山 吉備路 The Kibi Region .
an area with majestic ancient history and legendary stories.


. WKD - ao-arashi 青嵐 "green tempest", summer storm .

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1/02/2015

Ushiku Ibaraki

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- Ushiku 牛久 in Ibaraki -

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Ushiku (牛久市 Ushiku-shi)
The city was founded on June 1, 1986, and is home to one of the world's tallest statues, the Ushiku Daibutsu. Additional attractions include Chateau Kamiya, a wine chateau started in 1901, and Lake Ushiku, a scenic lake that is said to be the birthplace of the mythical Kappa (folklore) beast.
- source : wikipedia


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Ushikunuma, Ushiku-Numa 牛久沼 Lake Ushiku, Ushiku swamp

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Ushiku no Kappa Matsu 牛久のカッパ松 The Pine Tree and the Kappa

Once upon a time
a young man from the village was in danger of being pulled into the pond by a Kappa.
The villagers choose the strongest of their men to fight the Kappa for good. So they searched for the Kappa, pulled him out of the pond and bound him to a pine tree near by with the intention to kill him.



But the Kappa began to cry and excuse himself for his bad behavior so far. He promised never to hurt people again.
So the villagers let him go after all.
But from this time on nobody has ever drowned in this pond again.

- source : Dino Toy Museum


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Kappa ni moratta takaramono かっぱにもらった宝物 a treasure from the Kappa
The place of this folktale is 結城郡八千代町 Ibaraki, Yuki-gun, Yachio-machi

How someone earned great fortune from a man-eating Kappa through a fake letter

Once upon a time
A man went to do some shopping in town and had to pass the 釈迦沼 Shakanuma swamp near Yuki. The surroundings of the swamp were overgrown with wild plants but suddenly a small boy appeared and gave the man a letter, asking him to hand it over to a man at the 飯沼 Iinuma swamp near 八千代村 Yashio Village.

The gentle man promised to deliver the letter. The boy had asked him to clap his hands three times when he reached Iinuma swamp and then disappeared. The man found this rather strange but then he went on his way, hoping to deliver the letter.

As he continued his way, he met a Yamabushi mountain priest 法印様 (山伏) who told him, there was the sign of death on his face. The man trusted the priest and told him about the letter from the child. When the priest  opened the letter, there was nothing written on it at all. It was just a white piece of paper.

But when the priest  dipped the letter into the river water, letters appeared.
""This man looks quite delicious! Please eat him right away!"
The letters were written with orange pumpkin soup.
The child that our good man hat met at the Shakanuma swamp was in fact the Kappa of this swamp, and he was now in danger of being eaten by another Kappa.

The good man was very frightened, now he could not go back passing the Shakanuma swamp without being detected by the boy Kappa - there was no way to flee. He asked the Mountain priest  for help.
The priest took the stem of a pumpkin plant and with its liquid dripping out re-wrote the words of the letter.
Then he handed it back to the good man.




The good man was very grateful, thanked the priest and was soon on his way to Iinuma swamp. He clapped his hands three times and suddenly a rather eerie young man appeared. The young man seemed to already know the contents of the letter and grasped if fast from the man.
But when he began to read the words that the Priest had written, he seemed surprised:

"This good man has saved my life, please give his a treasure to show your gratitude!"

The young man read the letter again and again and even asked if this was the real letter he had been handed over. "Sure this is the original letter!"
Finally the young man in an angry mood pulled out a treasure from his breast pocket. It was a small hand mill made from stone 石の挽き臼. He threw it in front of the good man and disappeared hastily into the swamp.

When the man reached home this evening, he immediately began to try this hand mill
and - to his great surprise - grains of rice began to flow out of the hand mill.
Thanks to the present from the Kappa, our good man now could eat rice every day and lead a prosperous life.
The End.

source: Higano Tokuhisa 日向野徳久
茨城の民話 第二集(日本の民話72),日向野徳久,未来社,1978年12月05日,原題「かっぱにもらった宝物」,採録地「結城郡」

. Manga Nihon Mukashibanashi まんが日本昔ばなし .




. usu 臼. 挽臼 different types of mortars, grinders and handmills .

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- - - - - Present, presents from Kappa in other legends かっぱの贈り物 - - - - -

- - - - - This folktale is very similar to this one of the faked letter :
. Kappa no Sara カッパの皿 The Dish of Kappa .
豊岡村 Legend from Tomioka Village, Shizuoka


. - Kappa no kame 河童のかめ The Water Jar of Kappa
- Kappa no tsubo 河童の壺 .

栖足寺 Seisoku-Ji, Shizuoka


. - Kappa no kizugusuri カッパのきず薬 / 河童の傷薬
Kappa giving an ointment for wounds - .



. Kappa Tokkuri, Kappadokkuri 河童徳利 "Kappa and the Sake Flask" .
Kanagawa : Nishikubo, Chigasaki 神奈川県は茅ヶ崎の西久保


Kappa ni moratta koban 河童にもらった小判(今戸焼カッパ人形 東京)Tokyo
Kappa no wabijo 河童の詫び状(染黒寺 岩手) Letter of regret / excuse - Iwate
Kappa no seimon seki 河童の誓文石(潮見神社 佐賀)Written oath - Shiga


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. Manholes マンホール from Japan .

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Kyuuchan キューちゃん Kyu-Chan - The Town Mascot



. - Mascots マスコット and Characters キャラクター - Kanto .



Kyuu-chan even gets a birthday cake !
And Kappa Senbei 河童せんべい are a speciality of Ushiku.
. Cucumber - kyuuri キュウリ Kyuri, Gurken - .


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Ushiku Kappa Matsuri 牛久かっぱ祭り



Ushiku’s familiar blend of traditional dance and modern entertainment.
This festival focuses on the mythical character Kappa.
Thousands of people dancing to the "Kappa Bayashi" song, stalls on the sides of the road, various events on the stages. Held on the east side of Ushiku Station.

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. Sakuma Asuka 佐久間あすか - Painter from Ushikunuma .

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 Kappa Study Center かっぱの里生涯学習センタ
Ushiku town 牛久市


第51図 「観音妙智力」 Kannon Myochi Riki - Kappa seeking wisdom from Kannon Bosatsu

ami ni kurumaru 網にくるまる
nio no ukizu 鳰の浮巣 floating nest of a water bird
riryuu no tama to kappa 驪龍の珠とカッパ black dragon and Kappa
Ushimata Buzaemon 牛股武左衛門

with 河童百図 100 paintings of a Kappa
- source : www.city.ushiku.lg.jp

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Kappa painter and poet who lived in Ushiku.


. Kappa densetsu 河童伝説, Kappa minwa 河童民話 - Introduction .

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matsuri Kappa festivals

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- Kappa Festivals かっぱ祭り Kappa Matsuri -

Many towns have a Kappa Festival to boost the town or village life.
Some attract quite a large crowd.




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Hita City 日田

Kappa Odori 河童踊り Kappa Dance Festival
Iwato Festival. mid-October



A ritual Shinto dance to pray for a good harvest.
Boys dressed as kappa jump and hop around to humorous music.
Prefectural Intangible Cultural Treasure.



かっぱ楽[宮園楽]Kappa Dance - Oita 大分 耶馬溪町宮園  
July 28/29)
Kumo Hachiman Jinja 雲八幡神社
363 Yabakeimachi Oaza Miyazono, Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture




かっぱ楽 Kappa Dance - Oita 大分 山国町白地 
Kameoka Hachiman 亀岡八幡 - September 15
Shiraji Yamakunimachi Nakama, Nakatsu-shi, Ōita


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. Mahoroba Kappa Matsuri まほろば河童まつり .
高畠町 Takahata Machi, August
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最上川河童舟下り A Kappa going down the river Mogamigawa


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. Jozankei Kappa Festival 定山渓河童まつり .
Hokkaido


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Oogata Kappa Matsuri 大潟かっぱ祭り Ogata Kappa Festival
Niigata 新潟 - Jooetsu 上越 Joetsu



- source : www.joetsu-atago.or.jp




- Festival Homepage -
Ogata “Legend of the Kappa” Festival
- source : www.oogata-kappa.jp

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西予市 Seiyo Town
Ehime 西予市明浜町高山(大早津海水浴場)

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大早津の海岸で8月第1土・日曜に行われるユニークなお祭り。
若宮神社に残る「かっぱの恩返し伝説」に由来したもので、この神社には全国でも珍しい「かっぱの狛犬」が奉納されている。かっぱ踊りをはじめ浜辺の映画祭、花火、かっぱの故郷展、露店の立ち並ぶかっぱ横丁などの催し物が盛りだくさん。 

Three Legends about Kappa no Ongaeshi

◇ 狛犬(こまいぬ)になった河童 Kappa became a komainu Shrien Guardian Dog
若宮様はある夏の日、高山の浜で愛馬を洗っていて、河童のいたずらに会いました。若宮様は難なく河童を捕らえましたが、剛勇にこりた河童は泣いてあやまり許され海に帰りました。恩義を感じた河童は毎朝、鯛を一匹づつ若宮様に届けたということです。いまも河童は狛犬となり若宮様の社殿を守り続けています。この「かっぱの恩返し伝説」に登場する河童の狛犬は、若宮神社 Wakamiya に奉納されています。
. Kappa dislikes shika no tsuno 鹿の角 deer horn .
- another version from Wakamiya Shrine.


◇ 村人を救った鯨 The whale who saved the villagers
天保年間のこと。明浜沖に突然大きな鯨が流れてきました。食べ物がなくて困っていた村人たちは、これを捕らえて食糧とし、命をつなぎました。殿様は村人の窮地を救った鯨に「戒名」を与えました。いまも、それは、鯨塚として浜辺に3基(高山、俵津、宮野浦)、海に向かって立てられています。中でも高山のものは、宇和島藩主伊達春山公のご沙汰により、「鱗王院殿法界全果大居士」と殿様級の戒名がつけられており、地元では「鯨様」と呼んで親しみあがめています。

◇ 御神宝を守ったタコ The octopus who savet the Shrine treasure
春日神社のご神宝が盗難にあい、海上に運び去られようとした時、嵐が起こり、船ごと海中深く沈んでしまいました。ところが、これを大ダコが拾いあげ、もとの神社に無事に納まることができました。以来、この明浜の人は、タコを神の使いとして崇め、タコを食することはなかったということでした。
- source : www.ehime-sci.jp


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. Ushiku Kappa Matsuri 牛久かっぱ祭り - うしくかっぱ祭り .
Ibaraki 茨城県


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水虎様の宵宮 - Aomori 青森 木造町 July 20
. - Suiko 水虎 Water Tiger, Water Beast - .


Inazaki Shishimai いなざき獅子舞 - Chiba 千葉・印西市 和泉鳥見神社
day of the autumn equinox, now in September


Kappa no mai 河童の舞 "Kappa Dance" - Fukuoka 福岡・北野町 北野天満宮 Kitano Tenmangu
Third Sunday in October
Suitengu 水天宮・春の大祭 Spring Festival - Fukuoka 福岡 久留米 - May 3 - 7
Kurume Matsuri 水の祭典・久留米まつり - Fukuoka 福岡 久留米 August 3 - 5

Enkoo Matsuri えんこう祭 Enko Festival - Kochi 高知・南国市 - first Saturday in June

. Kappa Matsuri at 河童堂 Kappa-Do Hall- Ibaraki .
- Mid-July

Kappa Matsuri 河童祭り - Kumamoto 熊本 八代 悟真寺 second Sunday in June

Kappa no Furusato Matsuri かっぱのふるさとまつり- Miyagi 宮城 色麻町 Mid-August
O-Kappa sama no matsuri おかっぱ様のお祭り - Miyagi 宮城 色麻町 Isora Jinja 磯良神社
15th day of the 6th lunar month
. - KAPPA - 河童 - Legends from Miyagi 宮城県 .


Nakashimagawa Matsuri 中島川まつり - Nagasaki 長崎市 
This is a festival from the people for the people, relating to the many legends of Kappa along the river. School children carry palanquins with Kappa along the road.
- beginning of May
. Nagasaki Suijin-Sha 水神社 Shrine of the Water Deity .

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. Matsuri 祭り Japanese Festivals .
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