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17 Kami Negishi, Tokyo, Japan.
long long time ago there
lived an old man and an
old woman. One day the old man
went to the mountains to cut grass;
and the old woman went to the
river to wash clothes. While she
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was washing a great big thing
came tumbling and splashing
down the stream. When the old
woman saw it she was very glad,
and pulled it to her with a piece
of bamboo that lay near by.
When she took it up and
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looked at it she saw that it was
a very large peach. She then
quickly finished her washing and
returned home intending to give
the peach to her old man to eat.
When she cut the peach in two,
out came a child from the large
kernel. Seeing this the old couple
rejoiced, and named the child
Momotaro, or Little Peachling,
because he came out of a peach.
As both the old people took
good care of him, he grew and
became strong and enterprising.
So the old couple had their
expectations raised, and bestowed
still more care on his education.
:",. - Momotaro finding that he
excelled every body in strength
, determined to cross over to the
island of the devils, take their
. riches, and come back, He at
once consulted with the old man
and the old woman about the
matter, and got them to make
him some dumplings. These he
put in his pouch. Besides this he
made every kind of preparation
for his journey to the island of
the devils and set out.
Then first a dog came to
the side of the way and said;
"Momotaro! What have you
there hanging at your belt!" He
replied: "I have some of the very
best Japanese millet dumplings."
"Give me one and I will go with
you," said the dog. So Momotaro
took a dumpling out of his pouch
and gave it to the dog. Then
a monkey came and got one the
same way. A pheasant also came
flying and said: "Give me a
dumpling too, and I will go
along with you." So all three went
along with him. In no time they
arrived at the island of the devils,
and at once broke through the
front gate; Momotaro first; then
his three followers. Here they
met a great multitude of the
devil's retainers who showed fight,
but they pressed still inwards, and
at last encountered the chief of
the devils, called Akandoji. Then
came the tug of war. Akandoji
made at Momotaro with an iron
club, but Momotaro was ready for
him, and dodged him adroitly.
At last they grappled each other,
and without difficulty Momotaro
just crushed down Akandoji and
tied him with a rope so tight that
he could not even move. All this
was done in a fair fight.
After this Akandoji the chief
of the devils said he would
surrender all his riches. "Out with
your riches then;" said Momotaro
laughing. Having collected and
ranged in order a great pile of
precious things, Momotaro took
them, and set out for his home,
rejoicing, as he marched bravely
back, that, with the help of his
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to whom he attributed all liis
success, he had been able so easily
to accomplish his end.
Great was the joy of the old
man and the old woman -when
Momotaro came back. He feasted
every body bountifully, told many
stories of his adventure, displayed
his riches, and at last became a
leading man, a man of influence,
very rich and honorable; a man
to be very much congratulated
indeed ! !
JAPANESE FAIRY TALE SERIES.
1. Momotaro or Little Peachling.
2. The Tongue Cut Sparrow.
3. The Battle of the Monkey and the Crab.
4. The Old Man who made the Dead Trees Blossom.
5. Kachi-Kachi Mountain.
6. The Mouses' Wedding.
7. The Old Man and the Devils.
8. Urashima, the Fisher-boy.
9. The Eight- Headed Serpent
10. The Matsuyama Mirror.
11. The Hare of Inaba.
12. The Cub's Triumph.
13. The Silly Jelly-Fish.
14. The Princes Fire-Flash and Fire-Fade
15. My Lord Rag-o'-Rice.
1 6. The Wonderful Tea-Kettie.
1 8. The Ogre's Arm,
19. The Ogres of Oyeyama.
20. The Enchanted Waterfall.
2nd Series No. i. The Goblin-Spider.
9 9 ff 2. The Wonderful Mallet.
1 f * 3. The Broken Images.
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