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  • Once there lived an old man and an old woman.

  • The old man went into the woods to gather firewood and the old woman went to the river to do laundry.

  • When the old woman was washing clothes at the river, a giant peach came floating down the stream.

  • She picked it up. It was a really huge peach.

  • She brought it back home so that she could eat it with the old man.

  • They cut the peach, and surprise! A healthy baby boy jumped out from the peach!

  • Both the old man and woman were glad because they had no child.

  • They named the boy Momotaro for he was born from a peach.

  • They raised him with a lot of love.

  • When Momotaro turned fifteen years old, he was the strongest in the village.

  • Meanwhile, demons attacked many villages and stole their treasures.

  • All the villagers were in trouble.

  • Momotaro was now old enough and decided to slay the demons.

  • The old woman made delicious dumplings for him.

  • He left for Demon Island taking the dumplings with him.

  • On the way to Demon Island, a dog spoke to Momotaro saying "Hello, hello, Momotaro.

  • Could you give me one of your dumplings? If you give me one, I will accompany you! Woof! Woof!"

  • After the dog, a pheasant came flying.

  • "Hello, hello, Momotaro. Could you give me one of your dumplings? If you give me one, I will accompany you! Squawk! Squawk!"

  • Next, Momotaro ran into a monkey.

  • The monkey said, "Hello, hello, Momotaro. Could you give me one of your dumplings? If you give me one, I will accompany you! Ooo! Ooo!"

  • The dog, the pheasant and the monkey joined Momotaro.

  • They headed to Demon Island by boat.

  • When they arrived to the island, the demons were having a drinking bout.

  • This was a great chance! They started attacking.

  • The dog sank his teeth into them, the monkey scratched them and the pheasant pecked at the demons.

  • Momotaro was fighting the demon leader.

  • The demon had a great steel rod!

  • But Momotaro drew his sword and defeated him.

  • The demons surrendered to Momotaro and his party.

  • "Will you promise to stop making people suffer?" asked Momotaro to the demons.

  • They swore, "We promise! We won't hurt anyone, anymore."

  • The demons were grateful and gave all the treasures to Momotaro.

  • Momotaro and his party put all the treasures in a cart, went back home, and they lived happily ever after.

Once there lived an old man and an old woman.

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B1 US peach demon monkey accompany woman island

Japanese Fairy Tales in English 「Momotaro - The Peach Boy- 」

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    Minnie posted on 2020/12/17
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