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The Last Kappa of Old Japan

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The Last Kappa of Old Japan

A Magical Journey of Two Friends



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The Last Kappa of Old Japan by Sunny Seki
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Kappas are mythological creatures that have been a part of Japanese folklore for centuries. These creatures are believed to be messengers of the god of water; they often do mysterious things and like to eat cucumbers. Legends of kappas exist all over Japan. This illustrated children's book tells the exciting story of a Japanese boy, Norihei, who lived on a farm in the countryside of Japan some time ago. One day Norihei discovers a sick young kappa, Q-chan, and saves his life. The two become fast friends and often play together, and Q-chan introduces Norihei to the secret wonders of the water world. As a kappa, it's Q-chan's job to keep the water clean. Then Q-chan has to leave and the two do not meet again for a very long time. Many years later, Q-chan is able to return Norihei's favor and the the two revive their boyhood friendship.

Author Biography

Sunny Seki was born in Japan, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in photography. He then studied illustration at Pasadena Art Center College of Design, and operated a Southern California portrait studio for 35 years. His previous book, The Tale of the Lucky Cat, received a Nappa Honor Award. Sunny leads a Japanese poetry senryu group, and spends much time retelling and illustrating Japanese folk tales. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and nine children.
Release date Australia
March 10th, 2010
Country of Publication
Illustrations throughout
Tuttle Shokai Inc
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