【１】Once upon a time, an old childless couple lived in a village near a river. One day, the old woman was washing clothes by the river. Suddenly, a giant peach floated down the river. 【２】The old woman pulled it out and took the peach home to eat it with her husband.
The husband came home from the mountains, and they decided to eat the peach.【３】But when they were about to cut it open, they heard a voice from inside that told them “Be careful !" The peach split open, and a cute boy jumped out.
The couple decided to call the boy Momotaro, or peach boy.
【４】The boy grew quickly, growing as much as the height of one bowl of rice a day,or even two, and became strong and powerful. Momotaro was also very kind, and helped the old couple with various chores. 【５】One day he said to his father “I want to do something for my country! I heard that there were many ogres on an islandwho do bad things, and I want to stop them and bring back all the thing from others." 【６】The couple was surprised, but gave him some dumplings, which made him even more powerful, clothes, a headband, a flag and a sword. On the way to the island, Momotaro was joined by a dog, a monkey, and a pheasant, which followed him for a share of the dumplings. All three wanted to help him fight the ogres.
【８】After a long walk, they arrived at the beach and saw Ogre Island and its fortress.Momotaro built a boat, and all four went across to the island. The monkey unlocked the gate, and all the animals helped Momotaro defeat the ogres. 【９】The pheasant pecked at their eyes with his beak, the monkey used his hands to claw the ogres, and the dog his teeth to bite them. Momotaro fought the ogres with his sword.The defeated ogres, promised to be good from now on, and gave Momotaro all their treasures.
Momotaro and his three friends made their way back home. Momotaro divided the treasure among the other villagers, and Momotaro and the old couple lived in comfort for the rest of their lives.