Apologies for any Inconveniencies

“Manners are their own reward”

                          Bossk, gentleman bounty hunter

Kappa is a water monster found in Japanese folklore which may be based on the giant salamander. Their pranks range from loudly passing gas , to drowning people and animals, kidnapping children, and raping women. There is an indentation on the top of their head that holds water which is regarded as the source of their power. This cavity must be full whenever a kappa is away from the water; if it spills, the kappa will be unable to move, and may even die.

Kuchisake-onna (Slit-Mouthed Woman) is another such figure. She is a woman who is mutilated by a jealous husband and returns as a malicious spirit. Children walking alone at night may encounter a woman wearing a surgical mask, which will then stop the child and ask, “Am I beautiful?” If the child answers no, the child is killed with a pair of scissors. If the child answers yes, the woman pulls away the mask, revealing that her mouth is slit from ear to ear, and asks “How about now?”. If the child answers no, he/she will be cut in half. If the child answers yes, then she will slit his/her mouth like hers.

However there is a method of escaping them which reflects the great sense of politeness present in Japanese culture.

What are these methods?


2 thoughts on “Apologies for any Inconveniencies

  1. Sumeet says:

    For the Kappa-You can bow to it in greeting and it will return that greeting by bowing to you.This makes it empty the cup on its head and also incapacitates it.
    For the slit mouthed woman-You can pretend that you are in a lot of hurry and leave saying you have a prior engagement. She will apologize for stopping you, bow and leave.

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