Saturday, June 23, 2012


A long long time ago, an old man went to the mountain to mow the grass, and an old woman washed clothes in the river.  By and by, a big peach was carried away from the other side of the river.  She picked it up and opened it.  There was a little boy in the big peach.  The boy was named Momotarou.  When he grew up, he heard that ogres, who had bad character, were threatening the village, so he went to the island of the ogres to exterminate them.  When he went there, the old woman gave millet dumplings to him.  While he was eating them, he met various animals who became his company; a monkey, a pheasant, and a dog.  They each asked him for a millet dumpling, and he gave each of them one in exchange for becoming his company.  He and they went to the island of ogres.  They finally won the battle after a tough fight.
   -Mari Shibata, Japan

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