By now, KAPPA disappeared

Iwate, Japan 06 / 01 / 2011

In Iwate prefecture,

 

there is a place called Toono which is famous for KAPPA. KAPPA are legendary creatures, red or green, wearing something looking like a plate on their head, they are something close to water ghosts in Japanese folklore.

Once upon a time when there was famine almost every year there was a custom to abandon the elderly to the mountains to reduce the mouths to feed in a family. At times even children were forced to death. If a child was brought to a mountain though,

it would cry or follow its family back home. For many it was hard to murder their children in this way,

so they would bring them to rivers and lakes to drown them in the water. Some of them would survive and search for food.

“This is why during the old times you would eventually see a wild child close to the rivers” says a local in Toono.

Little girls had long, lose hair and would look like KAPPA in this way.

By now, KAPPA disappeared.