Japanese Folklore Analysis Project The Legend of Momotaro

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Thrilled by her breakthrough, she took the peach home and prepared it so that they can eat it with her husband.
To their astonishment, the giant fruit cracked open and exposed a newborn baby boy. The duo took the child in and brought it up it as their own. They gave him the name Momotaro, with the meaning ‘’Child of Peach’’. A few years afterward, Momotaro sets out on a journey to remove a burglar in the land mass. On an eventful day, reports came from the East side that a group of thieving giants was trying to raid Japan. Angered by the incident, Momotaro decided to act. Although they were fewer than the gang of giants, Momotaro and his associates fought courageously and won.
There are a number of ways through which the legend of the heroic Momotaro attempts to construct the Japanese national and imperial identity. Firstly, in the story, Montero is depicted as having resemblance with the Japanese emperor himself while the people of the mythical community in which he belonged are represented as closely joined together on the basis of kinship with the emperor being the father of the Japanese national extended family.
The plot elements in the legend such as the depiction of the opponents in various Japanese books and films also follows the same pattern in which their character, location, and appearance are always demonized while Momotaro is represented as a hero. For example, the opponents are seen as the demonic enemy and their location as the island of devils. In addition, Momotaro appears in many caricatures and films as a strong and youthful embodiment of the new Japan as compared to the British and American who are presented as feeble and aging.