While researching our trip to Japan this past Spring, I discovered the mythical "kappa." Kappa live in rivers and streams and an impression atop their heads hold water which provides their strength. Kappa are pranksters, so the best way to throw them off guard is to bow deeply, as these polite creatures will bow in return, causing their water to spill, thus losing their powers. If you have tried kappamaki in sushi bars, you've eaten kappas favorite food, cucumbers. Read more about kappas here. Here's a kappa I made for Tien for Valentine's Day.