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Japanese dragons (日本 の 龍 / 竜?) Or dragon (龍 / 竜 ryū?) Are various legendary creatures in Japanese mythology and folklore. Myths about Japanese dragons amalgamate native legends with imported stories about dragons from China, Korea and Vietnam. The style of the dragon was heavily influenced by the Chinese dragon. Like these other East Asian dragons, most Japanese are water deities associated with rain and bodies of water, and are generally depicted as large, wingless, serpentine creatures with clawed feet. The modern Japanese language has numerous "dragon" words, including indigenous Tatsu from ancient Japanese ta-tu, ryū Sino-Japanese or ryō 竜 from Chinese lóng 龍, nāga ナ ー ガ from Sanskrit nāga, and doragon ド ラ ゴ ン from English "dragon" (this last being used almost exclusively to refer to the European dragon and derivative fictional creatures).