This pincushion is a peach with leaves that is made from needle-felted wool. There are also 5 hand-formed pins with characters from the folktale, Momotaro, or Peach Boy.
Dimensions: 47 mm x 47 mm
Each pin cushion and set of pins comes boxed with an illustrated scroll with the folktale written in Japanese. It also includes a version of the folktale in English.
‘’Momotaro’’ is about a boy who was born from a peach. It is a very famous folktale in Japan, and every Japanese child can tell this story and sing this song.
By the way, in English when we start folktale we say "Once upon a time...", and in Japanese people say "mukashi, mukashi..." which means "long long ago...".
So, mukashi, mukashi...there lived an old man and his wife. They were kind-hearted, frugal, and worked hard every day. However, they had no children.
One day, on a day like any other, the old man went to the mountain to gather wood and his old wife went to the river to wash clothes…. when all of a sudden, a huge peach came floating down the river!
‘’Wow, what a huge peach! I’ll bring this home and eat it with my husband. He’ll be so happy! ’’ she thought. After her husband came home, they tried to cut open the peach… and OH MY GOODNESS! A beautiful, cheerful baby boy came out of it. They were thrilled! They named him Momotaro (Peach boy) and brought him up with loving care.
Momotaro grew up to be strong and kind. One day he decided to leave for Ogres’ Island to defeat the ogres who always tormented people. The old man and his wife were very sad, but made delicious dumplings for him to take with him and prayed for his safety. On his journey, he met and made friends with a talking dog, a monkey, and a pheasant. Momotaro gave them his dumplings and they agreed to help him in his quest.
When they reached the island, the ogres rushed at them. The loyal dog bit ogres on the leg, the clever monkey scratched their faces, the brave pheasant pecked at their heads, and Momotaro fought them with his sword. Finally, the ogres surrendered, begging to be spared. Then they offered Momotaro many treasures. He brought the treasures home to where the old couple were waiting, and they lived together happily ever after!
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