A Story from Japan
BeeOasis Step 1 (Part 1)
Long ago in Japan, there lived a poor old man and woman. The old man often went to the high places to cut grass. The old woman often went to the river to wash clothes. One day, while she was washing, she saw something in the river. When the woman saw it, she was very happy. She pulled it to herself with a long stick. When she saw it up close, she said, “Wow! It’s a great big peach!”
She quickly finished washing and returned home. She wanted to give the peach to her husband to eat. She said, “Look at this wonderful peach. I found it in the river!” But when she cut the peach in two, out came a child! Seeing this, the old couple was surprised and happy.
The man said, “Let’s name him Momotaro” (meaning Peach Boy) “because he came from a peach.”
The old couple loved the boy, and he grew strong. They put much care into his schooling, and he developed a good mind, too. One day, Momotaro got an idea. He decided to cross over to Oni Island, a place full of the Oni. The Oni were bad spirits. They took money away from poor and old people.
Momotaro planned to take the stolen money back from the Oni. He asked the old couple to help him with his plan, and he asked for some food. The old woman made some tasty cakes, and Momotaro put them in his bag. He then made every kind of preparation for his trip, and he set out for Oni Island.