I made this as a card for a friend who I travelled to Kyoto with, and who, after we discovered all kinds of kappa toys, purses, keychains, statuettes etc. became a fan of kappa too.
Later, while wandering through Tokyo’s Asakusa area, I came across the stand featured below, with a cucumber hanging off a fishing pole as kappa bait and beautifully cooled, bonito or umeboshi-plum flavoured cucumbers on sticks for sale. I love the crazy sour umeboshi, but bought the other kind upon the stall assistant’s recommendation. The best hot weather snack!