Momotaro Story

This blog is about the articles of Okuizumi Eizaburo (1940 – 2013) on “The Story of Peach Boy and Japanese Culture.” It was published in the Japanese American newspaper, Mid America Guide, from February to August (except July) in 1996.

I think that Momotaro is still relevant in today’s Japan. Okuizumi writes that evil Oni (鬼) is Oni (隠), namely something invisible (it can be seen it as Japan’s perception of foreign threats). Momotaro story can be also associated with Nippon Kaigi school’s regimentation, hate indoctrination, and instrumentalization of children. Peach Boy is a very interesting subject to study, indeed.


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