A drawing of a kappa. —From an 1836 copy of Koga Tōan's Suiko Kōryaku (1820).
|Other name(s)||Gatarō, Kawako|
A kappa (河童 , river-child), also known as kawatarō (川太郎 , "river-boy"), komahiki (駒引 , horse-puller), or kawatora (川虎 , river-tiger) is an amphibious
The kappa are known to favor
There are more than eighty other names associated with the kappa in different regions, including kawappa, gawappa, kawako, gatarō, mizuchi.
The name kappa is a combination of the words kawa (river) and wappa, a
Its names kawaso meaning "otter", dangame "soft-shelled turtle", and enkō "monkey" suggest its outward resemblance to these animals. The name komahiki or "steed-puller" alludes to its reputed penchant to drag away horses.