遠山顕の英会話楽習 2021/7/21 MOMOTARO Review
-Summary of MOMOTARO
Somewhere in Japan long ago, on a fine summer morning, an old woman went down to the river to wash clothes. There she saw a huge peach come bobbing down the stream. She managed to pick it up and carried it home. When her husband came back home from the mountains, they decided to eat the ripe peach. But the peach popped open before she could cut into it and out came a baby.
The couple was overjoyed and named him Momotaro. The baby grew up very fast to be the strongest lad in the area. When he turned 15, he told his parents that he was going to Onigashima or the Ogres’ Island to crush them, for they had been attacking people and plundering their food, crops and treasures. His parents brought out their mortar and pestle and pounded millet to make kibidango, a special kind of dumpling used for centuries to increase stamina. And they made their son a banner which said: “Momotaro, the Strongest of All Japan.”
Momotaro set out on his journey. On his way to Onigashima, he came across a large dog, who begged for a kibidango. It agreed to become his subject in exchange for one. Then a monkey showed up and it also asked for a kibidango. And it, too, promised to be his subject. So Momotaro continued his journey with the dog and the monkey.
Soon a pheasant joined Momotaro. When they arrived at the beach, they built a boat and headed for Onigashima. Out on the rough and foggy sea, Momotaro sent the pheasant to scout ahead. It returned to show the way to Onigashima. When they landed in front of the gate of the ogres’ fortress, the pheasant reported that the ogres were drinking and merrymaking in the middle garden.
Then the monkey climbed over the gate to unlock it, and they all entered the fortress to fight the ogres. The dog bit, the monkey scratched, and the pheasant pecked while their master fought relentlessly. Finally, the head ogre surrendered and promised to return all of the people’s treasures and to be Momotaro’s humble servant. Momotaro returned home and he and his proud parents lived happily ever after.No tags for this post.