In Japanese folklore the Kappa is a scaly, child-sized creature with a face like a tiger and a sharp, pointed beak. In the hands of Ryunosuke, one man’s journey to ‘Kappaland’ becomes the vehicle for a critique of Japanese life and customs in the tradition of Swift and Kafka. A perfectly formed gem from the pen of one of Japan’s most important modern writers (creator of Rashomon), Kappa is at once a fable, a comedy, and a brilliant satire.
|notes:||Introduction by G. H. Healey.|
|subjects:||Social life and customs|
|publisher:||Greenwood Press, 1970; Tuttle, 1971, 1976, 1980, 1988, 1994, 2000; Peter Owen, Distributed in the USA by Dufour Editions, 2004, 2009|
|publication place:||Westport, CT; Rutland, VT, Boston; Chester Springs, PA|
|japanese publication date:||1927|
|english publication date:||1970|
|description:||viii, 136 p. illus., port. 23 cm.|