Words & Expressions
・ほんの少し：a tad bit
・とても珍しい：few and far between
・ひっくり返る：fall over backwards
What did the old man do every day?
He would go to the mountains to gather firewood.
He went to the mountains to gather firewood.
What happened when the old woman was about to cut the peach?
The peach popped open and a baby came out.
Listen to act 1
Somewhere in Japan, long ago, there lived an elderly couple.
They lead a simple life.
Every morning, the old man would go to the mountains to gather firewood.
And the old woman would make her way down to the river to wash clothes.
(make one’s way：進む、行く)
One fine summer morning, the old woman was washing clothes.
When something big and round on the water caught her eyes.
She looked up and saw what appeared to be a gigantic peach come bobbing down the river.
The old woman exclaimed,
“I spy a huge ripe peach.
I wonder if I can reach it before it floats away.
Over this way, peach!”
Much to the old woman’s amazement, the peach stopped, changed directions, and started to move closer to her.
“Come a little closer now.
Easy does it.
Just a tad bit closer.
(a tad bit：ほんの少し）
The old woman reached as far as she could and scooped up the big peach.
And with some difficulty, she carried the giant peach and her bundle of laundry to her home.
Just as dusk was setting in, she heard her husband open the door.
The old woman stood up smiling and said,
“My darling husband.
I’ve got a big surprise for you.
“Oh, what could that be?”
The old woman walked over to the cupboard and with some effort picked up the giant peach and set it down on the cutting board.
“Look at the size of that, it’s gigantic.
Where in the world did you find such a peach?”
“It was floating down the river.”
“Peaches this big are few and far between.
(few and far between：とても珍しい)
It looks live enough to eat.
Let’s have some.”
So the old woman got out her biggest knife.
But the peach popped open and out came a baby.
The old man and woman were so surprised that they both fell over backward.
(fall over backward：ひっくり返る)
The man slowly stood up and then pulled his wife up at the floor.
They then peered at the little boy in disbelief.