Meet the kappa leprechaun, a tiny monster at the nexus of Japanese and Irish folklore

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Artist and io9 comrade-in-hanging-out Marcelo Gallegos has tipped us to his delightful yokai mash-up creation, the Kappa Leprechaun. This little guy is the hybrid of A.) those diminutive bastards who bedeviled Darby O'Gill; and B.) flatulent Japanese water sprites. Explains Marcelo of this wee creature:

Illustration for article titled Meet the kappa leprechaun, a tiny monster at the nexus of Japanese and Irish folklore

Swimming from Japan's disused waterways (via Ireland) into your home, Kappa the Leprechaun is ready to fill your heart (and your pint glass!) with holiday mirth [...] just don't dip into his pot o' gold ('cause we all saw those Leprechaun movies and that dude is NOT messin' around).

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You can find this guy on St. Patrick's Day cards at Marcelo's Etsy page, along with other friendly monsters, like the romantic Cthulhu of Paradise.

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Erik Sofge

Not to kill everyone's buzz, but don't Kappas drink blood (or suck the livers) out of their victim's anus?

Real cute.