As a birthday present, my Hubby made
me this 4 inch tall sculpture. Here's his description:
"It based on her drawing (on the right) which is further
based on the traditional Japanese umbrella yokai (monster)
called a 'karakasa' and the ever lucky Maneki Neko (or
beckoning cat.) I personally began torturing her a good week
or so before her birthday, by not only informing her that I
was sculpting something but by working on it in the same
room. I managed to successfully keep her from figuring it
out until present time. She loved it."
"I made this little guy as a Christmas present
for my wife and was inspired by some of her art combining cats and
yokai. This is along the lines of the Reese's peanut butter cups
concept that if you like two things, you will like the combination
of those things even more.
The kappa is a water yokai of the amphibian persuasion that lives in
rivers, lakes, swamps, wetlands, and coastal areas. They are said to
have a beak-like mouth, a tortoise shell, removable frog-like skin
and a water-filled depression on their head. They are particularly
susceptible to dehydration."