The Legend of Momotaro, the Boy Born from a Peach
Have you ever heard the story of Momotaro, the boy born of a peach?
While a lady aged enough and without children was washing her clothes in a river, she saw coming towards her, carried by the current, a peach of impressive dimensions. When she brought it home, and tried to open it with her husband, they discovered, nestled in the peach, a little boy who they would adopt and call Momotaro, Momo meaning peach in Japanese. As the child grew, he would only get stronger and stronger and soon was he able to perform the most difficult tasks without much effort.
This history, dating back several centuries, has of course undergone many modifications and its narrative can change from one region to another, but there is not a single child in Japan who does not know the song related to it, as it is often taught in schools. The tale is supposedly taking place in the city of Okayama, where one can today taste very good peaches and especially buy Kibi Dango, but also see the different places of history and a sculpture of Momotaro! The island of Onigashima is believed to be Megijima in Kagawa Prefecture, one of the islands participating in the Setouchi Triennale, on which we find a mysterious cave whose legend says it was dug by demons a long time ago…
The Seirensho Museum, built on the ruins of an old factory
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