Somewhere in Japan, long ago, on a fine summer morning, an old woman goes down the river to wash clothes.
There, she sees a huge peach come bobbing down the stream.
And she manages to pick up and carries at home.
When a husband comes back home from the mountains.
They decided to eat the right peach.
But the peach pops open before she cut into it and out comes a baby.
The couple is overjoyed and they name it Momotaro.
Well, the baby grows up very fast to be the strongest lad in the area.
And when he turned 15, you know, he tells his parents that he is going to Onigashima or the ogres’ island to crash them.
Cause, they have been attacking people and plundering their food, crops, and treasures.
Well, his parents bring out the mortar and pestle and pound millet to make Kibidango.
This is a special kind of dumpling, used for centuries to increase stamina.
So they make a son a banner.
Which says ‘Momotaro, the strongest of all Japan’.
And then, Momotaro sets out on his journey and on a way to Onigashima.
He comes across a large dog.
Well really fierce so him.
He begs for a Kibidango.
It agrees to become his subject exchange for one.
Then, a monkey shows up and he also asks for a Kibidango, and it two promise to be his subject.
So Momotaro continues his journey with the dog and the monkey.
And soon, a pheasant joins Momotaro, too.
When they arrive at the beach, they built a boat and head for Onigashima.
Out on the rough and foggy sea, Momotaro sends the pheasant to scout ahead.
It returns to show the way to Onigashima.
When they land in front of the gate of the ogres’ fortress the pheasant reports that the ogres are drinking and merrymaking in the middle garden.
Then the monkey climbs over the gate and unlocked it.
And they all enter the fortress to fight the ogres.
No surprise, the dog bites, the monkey scratches, and the pheasant pecks while the master fight relentlessly.
Finally, the head ogre surrenders and promises him to return all the people’s treasures and also to be Momotaro’s humble servants.
Momotaro returns home and he and his parents like all fairy tales live happily ever after.