We do hold quite a few records in Shizuoka Prefecture 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, read HERE!
At the time Mr. Tatsuo Kitano/北野龍雄さん got official recognition as a Guinness World Record he had already collected no less than 7,000 items, but after more than 50 years spent chasing them he has accumulated more than 10,000 of them, all exhibited in one single place!
Mr. Kitano had this house built for the sole purpose of housing his collection!
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!
There is even a mock kappa temple/shrine and cemetery!
Kappa under blossoming plum trees!
A real Kappa post box!
A more solemn welcome!
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 all during your visit!
Kappa hapi/festival jackets!
Mr. Kitano has been recognized by all kappa to be one of them!
The official recognition as a Guinness World Record!
Kappa wearing a scallop shell as their cap from Iwate prefecture, supposedly the birthplace of the Kappa!
A bear-like kappa from Hokkaido!
Ladies soccer match between Japanese and American Kappa!
Note their head caps!
Kappa playing baseball under the watchful eyes of their Goddess!
Kappa Philarmonic Band!
In this river scene the human baby is Mr. Kitano who affirms he is one of the few humans having seen real kappa!
Apparently Kappa in Kyushu are well-endowed!
Rural fun-loving kappa!
Actually “Dragon” is half of Mr. Kitano’s forename!
Kappa drawings collection!
Kappa at soba stand!
Kappa playing with a “Tach-chan” kite in front of Mount Fuji!
Flower-viewing party in front of Mount Fuji!
Remember that sake is the Kappa’s favorite drink!
Kappa family’s picnic near Mount Fuji under the cherry blossoms!
Apparently all these lady kappa are trying to force their way into a park where a single male kappa is fishing!
Cute kappa girls!
Kappa trophies from Taipei, Taiwan!
Rewards and letters from friends and fans!
The upper floor!
A Kappa painted by an American artist!
Kappa fan collection!
A donated sign for the museum!
Painting by a very famous Japanese artist!
Modern Kappa ladies?
Cute kappa girl!
Kappa befriending animals!
Kappa portable phone pendants!
Kappa ladies at a hot spring!
Kappa playing with an eel!
This beautiful lady has lost her soul and become a kappa!
Beautiful Kappa Ladies!
A lady Kappa as I like them! LOL
Kappa trying to look after cranes and explain the situation to an unhappy carp!
Another grand Kappa flying a Dragon!
A colorful Kappa Family!
The serious business that is to all Kappa: Sake or shochu drinking!
These kappas can be found hiding in an izakaya!
Kappa sake bottles!
Kappa One Sake Cups!
Kappa imbibing with fellow monsters!
Can you spot it?
Here he is!
Should be going back there soon!
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
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!
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