日本での一年間

September 14, 2010

Strange Momotaro

Filed under: Chuugoku, Domestic, Trips — myyearinjapan @ 11:54 pm

Momotaro (lit. Peach Boy) is a Japanese folk tale about an old lady who found a child floating down a river inside a giant peach (similar to how Pharoh’s daughter found Moses). The old lady and her husband named him Momotaro and raised him as their son. Later he goes off with a bunch of animal friends and fights demons.

This story is usually associated with Okayama and references to Momotaro can be found all over the city. There is a statue of him in front of the main train station and many of the souvenirs from Oakayama also reference the legend. But by far the strangest representation I have ever seen of Momotaro is the glass figurine I found in the bathroom of a ramen shop. The entire wall was covered with copies of the same strange figurine.

Strange Momotaro

Momotaro is coming out of his peach. That's normal, but wait....he seems to be grabbing his...er...crotch area. Can that be right? Momotaro, what sort of naughty things are you up to?

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  1. […] being a popular character in Okayama (as I mentioned in my previous post), the bank has decided to call it’s online banking system the “Momotaro Branch […]

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