The Kappa - an ancient yokai from Japanese mythology - lives in the water and eats cucumbers. Join the kappa and Norihei, as they discover each other and save each other's lives.
The Last Kappa of Old Japan is a warmly written and beautifully illustrated children's book that introduces many aspects of traditional Japanese culture and folklore, while teaching an important lesson about environmentalism. The story introduces a young Japanese farm boy who develops a friendship with a mythical creature— the kappa—a messenger of the god of water. The tale begins in post-Modern Japan when the boy is young and the kappa is healthy, and ends when the kappa, now the last one left on Earth, keeps an important promise to his human friend. The kappa is one of many Japanese creatures and monsters, collectively grouped as "yokai." Throughout the years, images of the kappa have evolved, and entered the Western world via Yugioh cards and even Ninja Turtles! Infact, many people today believe that the kappa is the grandfather of Ninja Turtles, substituting their beloved cucumbers for pizza!
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