Kappas are aquatic creatures from Japanese folklore. They appear to have the body of a turtle, the head of a chimpanzee, and a saucer-like depression on the top of their heads. There is a ring of hair around the depression. (Think ancient monks) Their skin is scaly and is has a yellow-green tinge to it. They live in rivers and lakes, which explains their webbed hands and feet. They eat fish, but they prefer humans. They are especially fond of human livers. They are said to eat anyone who wanders who goes to close to the shore. But their favorite food of all time is...
In order to protect someone from a Kappa, you must carve their name into a cucumber and throw the cucumber into the kappa-infested lake. However, this will only protect you from the Kappa in that lake, so keep a lot of cucumbers handy! If you are ever faced with a Kappa, you need to stay calm. Kappas are very polite. If you repeatedly bow to them, they will bow back. This will cause the water to spill out of its head, and it will have to go back to where it came from. A Kappa can't survive on land unless it has water on its head. If you can't make it out in time, say bye-bye to your soul.
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