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水の職人妖怪

The Craftsman Youkai of the Water

河童

Kappa

主な危険度: 中

Usual threat level: Average

遭遇頻度: 低

Frequency of encounter: Low

多様性: 低

Variety: Low

主な遭遇場所: 妖怪の山

Main place of activity: Mountain of Youkai

主な遭遇時間: いつでも

Main time of activity: Any time

特徴

Features

妖怪の山に棲む河の妖怪である。

They are river-dwelling youkai living in the Mountain of Youkai.

手先が器用で高度な技術を持ち、様々な道具を生み出す妖怪である。

They are youkai that produce various tools with skillful hands.

天狗と共に独自の社会を築き、高度な生活を送っているという。

They have built an own society together with the tengu, and are said to live an advanced life there.

姿は人型だが、鼈の甲羅を背負い、頭に皿を載せている。

Their appearance is human, but on their back they have a turtle shell, and on their head a plate is placed.

泳ぎを得意とし、水の中では魚より早く動けるが、地上では人間の身体能力と大差無い。

Swimming is their forte, and in the water they can move faster than a fish, but on dry land there is no big difference from the power of a human.

比較的戦闘能力も低く、滅多に人前に姿を現わさない。

Their battle skills are also comparatively low, so they seldom show themselves in front of humans.

さらに人間に見つかると逃げてしまう為、生態は謎に包まれている。

Furthermore, since they run away when noticed by humans, their behavior is shrouded in mystery.

目撃するとすれば、たまに河を流れてくる間抜けな河童だけである。

When they are spotted, it is just the occasional stupid kappa that has been washed away with the river.

河童の道具

The Tools of Kappa

河童が創り出す道具は、外の世界の道具と共に、幻想郷の二大近代道具として重宝されている。

The tools created by kappa are together with the tools of the outer world treasured as the two great brands of tools of today.

だが、大抵の道具は使い方が判らない。

However, it is unknown how to use most of the tools.

天狗が使う写真機なんかが良い例である。

The photographing devices used by tengu are a good example of this.

ボタンを押しても何故かウンともスンとも言わない。

Even if you push the button it remains silent for some reason.

他にも、何故か狂わないで正確に時を刻む時計や、遠くの人と会話出来る道具。

Others are the clock that somehow tells time correctly, and a device capable of talking to people over great distances.

離れた場所に映像を送る送信機と受信機等、様々な道具を生み出し(*3)、山の社会を高度な物にしているという。

Having produced devices for transmitting images to other places, as well as receiving them, the mountain society is said to become very advanced with their various devices(*3).

河童の生活

Everyday Life of Kappa

河童は泳ぎが得意だが、別に水の中に棲んでいる訳ではない。

Swimming may be the strong point of kappa, but it is not as if they actually live in the water.

普段は地上に暮らし、道具を作っているのも地上である。

Usually they live on land, where they also make their tools.

敵が来ると水に潜り姿を隠す。

If an enemy approaches they dive into the water and hide.

ただ、人間より長く水の中に居られるが、無限に息が続く訳ではなく、やはり時折息継ぎをする(*4)。

However, while they can stay under water longer than a human, it is not as if they can go on breathing. Occasionally they must get up for air(*4).

河童の服は水はけが良く、着たまま水に潜る事が出来、泳ぎの邪魔になったりする事は無い。

Kappa clothing have good drainage, is possible to keep on as you jump into the water, and won't get in the way when swimming.

*3 外の世界の道具を見よう見まねで作ったとも言われるが、防水効果は抜群。

3: It is also said that they are created by copying devices of the outer world, but the water-proof effect is outstanding.

*4 一息で数時間は持つ。

4: They can hold their breath for several hours.

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