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Kappa - spelling in Japanese
KAPPA
River Imp or Sprite (Shinto)

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Kappa Makeup Effect by Kyoichi Shimazaki (aka Ghostman)
Photo courtesy: monsterama.blogspot.com/2007_10_01_archive.html

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Kappa. Photo courtesy monsterama.blogspot.com


Kappa Netsuke by Ko Bass of Holland
Kappa Netsuke by artist Ko Baas of Holland.
See the artist’s Netsuke from Holland web site
For more netsuke, please see site of
Tiny Vissers, Netherlands

Kappa, Ganshinji Temple, Ceiling Painting
Kappa, Ganshin-ji Temple, Ceiling Painting
Temple located in Kita Arima City, Nagasaki Prefecture.
Note: This painting may be a copy of one made by
Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849), who was one
of Japan's most outstanding Ukiyo-e artists.
No date given for painting at below web site.
Photo Source: http://www1.odn.ne.jp/muraoka/kappa/simabar2.htm

Ceiling paintings at Ganshinji Temple
Ceiling paintings at Ganshinji Temple (see prior photo)
願心寺 (がんしんじ)本堂 (Ganshinji Temple)
Photo from: http://www1.odn.ne.jp/muraoka/kappa/simabar2.htm


Illustration by Ei-Ran (see link to artist's page in the main body of the text)
Illustration by 英 - Ran
www.asahi-net.or.jp/~dp8h-izn/gallery.html
Cover Artwork for Cygnet 11, a modern Japanese science fiction
magazine. Published by アルビレオ Albireo, which is named after
Albireo, a star in the constellation of Cygnus. Cygnet is a play
on the word Cygnus. Magazine now at Number 15.


Kappa Painting, 1836 AD
Kappa Painting (1836 AD)
A drawing of a kappa which was reported to
have been caught in a net on Mito East beach in 1801.
Photo from: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kappa_(Japanese_folklore)

Kappa, from a Paper Latern at the 2005 Bonbori Matsuri at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Kappa, from a Paper Latern
2005 Bonbori, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kamakura, Japan
For a photo tour of many laterns (bonbori), click here.

Kappa and Eggplant Netsuke
Kappa and Eggplant Netsuke
Photo from: www.bymichelle.com/impeggplant.html

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Kappa Clipart
Courtesy: http://www6.plala.or.jp/ebisunosato/kappa.htm
Other clipart at: http://www6.plala.or.jp/ebisunosato/mukasiba.htm

Kappa and Monk Wrestling, Japanese Ivory Netsuke, from Trocadero store run by 2EZRKappa Netsuke from fareastasianart.com, Circa 1920 to 1940
LEFT: Kappa and Monk Wrestling (Japanese Ivory Netsuke)
 Courtesy of www.2ezr.com

RIGHT: Kappa Netsuke, circa 1920 to 1940
Courtesy www.fareastasianart.com

Cartoon characters depicting the Kappa
Modern-day drawing of Kappa society from book for children

Kappa (photo from Japanese web page) near Tanuki-machi Station
Stone statues near Tanukimachi Station
 In modern times, the Kappa often appear as cartoon characters

 

Kappa Model Kit -- www.gasolinealleyantiques.com/kits/kitmisc.htm#MONSTER%20MODELSwww.gasolinealleyantiques.com/kits/images/Miscellaneous/dy-kappa.jpg

www.gasolinealleyantiques.com/kits/kitmisc.htm
LEFT: Kappa Obake, Figure Kit from "Detazo Obake Series"
RIGHT: Kappa Red Shaker. Specter Genealogy Series #1. 1994.
 Later drawn by famous Japanese manga artist Shigeru Mizuki.

Kappa, Yagen Valley, Shimokita Peninsula, Tohoku, Japan
Yagen Valley, Shimokita Peninsula, Tohoku, Japan
Photos by Jani Patokallio
http://jpatokal.iki.fi/photo/travel/Japan/Tohoku/Yagen/

Kappa Drawing by Yoshio Yamamoto
 Kappa painting by artist Yoshio Yamamoto

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