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Guinness World Record: Kappa collection in Yaizu City!


In Shizuoka Prefecture, we do hold quite a few records. But in Yaizu City, one can discover a most unusual world record: the biggest collection of Kappa in the world!

First of all, for more information on Kappa/河童 you can read THIS.

At the time Mr. Tatsuo Kitano/北野龍雄さん got official recognition as a Guinness World Record holder, he had already collected no less than 7,000 items. After more than 50 years spent chasing them, however, he has accumulated more than 10,000 of them and all are exhibited in one single place!

 

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Mr. Kitano had this house built for the sole purpose of housing his collection

 

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Guinness record

 

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There are crowds of them having fun in the water or welcoming you

This was my first visit but writing about 10,000 kappa in a single report being impossible, I will have to go there on a regular basis for quite some time. This time is only an introduction!

 

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Welcome!

 

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There is even a mock kappa temple/shrine and cemetery

 

SN3O5719Kappa under blossoming plum trees!

 

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A real Kappa post box

 

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A more solemn welcome

 

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The two floors are filled to capacity down to the entrance lobby. Mr. Kitano or his wife will be there to welcome you and introduce everything during your visit.

 

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Kappa happi/festival jackets

 

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Mr. Kitano has been recognized by all kappa to be one of them

 

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The official recognition as a Guinness World Record

 

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Kappa wearing a scallop shell as their cap from Iwate prefecture, supposedly the birthplace of the Kappa

 

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A bear-like Kappa from Hokkaido

 

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Ladies soccer match between Japanese and American Kappa

 

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Kappa playing baseball under the watchful eyes of their Goddess

 

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Kappa Philarmonic Band

 

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In this river scene the human baby is Mr. Kitano who affirms he is one of the few humans having seen real kappa.

 

SN3O5750Apparently Kappa in Kyushu are well-endowed

 

SN3O5765Rural fun-loving Kappa

 

SN3O5731Dragon-riding Kappa and “dragon” is actually half of Mr. Kitano’s first name

 

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Kappa drawings collection

 

SN3O5735Kappa at soba stand

 

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Kappa playing with a “Tach-chan” kite in front of Mount Fuji

 

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Flower-viewing party in front of Mount Fuji, remember that sake is the Kappa’s favorite drink!

 

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Kappa family’s picnic near Mount Fuji under the cherry blossoms

 

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Apparently all these lady Kappa are trying to force their way into a park where a single male Kappa is fishing.

 

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Cute Kappa girls!

 

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Kappa trophies from Taipei, Taiwan

 

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Rewards and letters from friends and fans!

 

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The upper floor

 

SN3O5744A Kappa painted by an American artist!

 

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SN3O5746Kappa fan collection

 

SN3O5747A donated sign for the museum

 

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Painting by a very famous Japanese artist

 

SN3O5749Dangerous Kappa!

 

SN3O5753Kappa procession

 

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Modern Kappa ladies?

 

SN3O5757Kappa dance

 

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Cute Kappa girl!

 

SN3O5759Kappa stories!

 

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Kappa befriending animals!

 

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Kappa masks

 

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Kappa portable phone pendants

 

SN3O5763Kappa ladies at a hot spring

 

SN3O5764Kappa playing with an eel

 

SN3O5766This beautiful lady has lost her soul and became a Kappa!

 

SN3O5769A dragon-flying Kappa!

 

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Kappa trying to look after cranes and explain the situation to an unhappy carp

 

SN3O5734Another grand Kappa flying a Dragon

SN3O5771A colourful Kappa family

 

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The serious business that is to all Kappa: sake or shochu drinking!

 

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These kappas can be found hiding in an izakaya

 

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Kappa sake bottles

SN3O5752Kappa One Sake Cups

 

SN3O5774Kappa imbibing with fellow monsters, can you spot it?

 

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Here he is!

 

TACH-CHAN’S KAPPA MUSEUM/龍ちゃんのカッパ館

Shizuoka Prefecture, Yaizu City, Daibashira, 746-2 (Get off at Nishi Yaizu JR Station South Exit and get off the bus at Dai bashira Stop/大住バス停
静岡県焼津市大住746-2
Tel.: 054-629-7171
Opening hours: 10:00~17:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Entrance fee: 300 yen for adults, 200 yen for children
Call in advance if you are a big group!
Ring at entrance to be let in first!

    
Name TACH-CHAN’S KAPPA MUSEUM
Category Museum
Address 746-2 Ōzumi Yaizu-city, Shizuoka-prefecture
Access
746-2 Ōzumi Yaizu-city, Shizuoka-prefecture
Opening Hours 10:00~17:00
Price Range ¥300
Payment options Cash