Japanese dragons include diverse legendary creatures in Japanese mythology and folklore.
Japanese dragon myths amalgamate native legends with imported stories about Chinese dragons, Korean dragons, and, through the introduction of Buddhism, Indian dragons. Like these other Oriental dragons, Japanese ones are usually water deities associated with rainfall and bodies of water, and typically depicted as large, wingless, serpentine creatures with clawed feet and reptilian heads. The Japanese language has numerous “dragon” words.
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Cristóbal Vila, June 2008, Zaragoza, Spain