Once upon a time there lived an old man an old woman in the country
of Okayama. The old man went everyday into the mountains to cut wood,
while his wife would go to the river to wash clothes. One day, while the
old woman was down at the river washing clothes, a big peach came floating
down the river! It looked so delicious, she decided to take it home for
her and her husband to eat. When the old man came back to their home,
the old woman cut the peach open, and to their surprise, there was a small
boy inside! They decided to call him Momotaro, which means 'peach boy'.
The old couple raised Momotaro to be big and strong. One day, he decided
to go and defeat the ogres living on Ogre Island that were pillaging the
land. The old woman fixed him some delicious millet dumplings, known as
kibi-dango, for his long journey to the island. On the way, a monkey,
a dog, and a pheasant joined him, giving them a dumpling each in return
for their help in fighting the ogres.
Upon reaching the Ogre Island, Momotaro and his companions found that
the gate was locked to the Ogre's fort. The pheasant flew inside, and
grabbed a key to let the others in. Once inside, they fought the evil
ogres. The pheasant pecked their eyes, the dog bit their legs and the
monkey jumped on their backs, clawing at the beasts. Finally, the ogres
cried for mercy! They gave the strong Momotaro all of their treasure,
and he returned to his village triumphantly. Momotaro and the old couple
lived happily ever after.