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Bullfinch and weeping cherry blossoms Artist: Katsushika Hokusai Completion Date: 1834 Style: Ukiyo-e Genre: bird-and-flower painting Gallery: Guimet Museum, Paris, France Tags: flowers-and-plants, birds, bullfinches

Kappa are a yōkai found in Japanese folklore, and also a cryptid. Their name comes from a mixture of the word "kawa" (river) and "wappo," an inflection of "waraba" (child). In Shintō they are considered to be one of many water deities, their yorishiro, or one of their temporary appearances. It has been suggested that the kappa legends are based on the Japanese giant salamander or "hanzaki", an aggressive salamander which grabs its prey with its powerful jaws.

Kappa are legendary creatures; a type of water sprite found in Japanese folklore. However they are also considered to be a part of Cryptozoology, due to claims of sightings. It could be the Japanese giant salamander.

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Beauties in the Snow By Utamaro Kitagawa (喜多川 歌麿? 1753 – October He was a Japanese printmaker and painter, who is considered one of the greatest artists of woodblock prints (ukiyo-e)"-".

Hirosaki Castle by Yoshida Hiroshi

Hirosaki Castle by Yoshida Hiroshi

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