Rich Klink

In Japanese folklore the Kappa has many interpretations.  They range from whimsical to wonderfully ridiculous to the ridiculously bizarre.  Being me, I prefer the  lighter sides to this tale.  A creature that enjoys challenging people to a sumo match, has a penchant for cucumbers, and is fond of mischief.  What I find most interesting is the crown-like indentation on top of its head.  This “bowl” must always contain water when the Kappa is on dry land. This is said to be its source of power.  The Kappa is obsessed with politeness.  It can be tricked into bowing its head. This of course renders the Kappa powerless due to this proclivity. Be careful around this mischievous troublemaker. Make sure your shirikodama is well-guarded.


Kappa; River Child


Mixed Media Sculpture


18.5” H x 10” W x 8” D