F1943 SAMURAI NOBORI, MOMOTARO
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Vintage Late Showa Era 1926-1988
Width 27 1/2 inches ( 70 cms )
Length 232 inches ( 5 metres 81 cms )
Very Good, just a few marks on the hanging tabs.
This is a lovely colourful, cotton samurai nobori, depicting Momotaro approaching Ogre Island. Momotaro comes from a famous Japanese folktale, his name means Peach Boy. The tale goes there were an old childless couple, the old woman goes to the stream to wash clothes and she finds a giant peach. She takes it home for her husband's supper. Just as they are about to cut the peach up,they hear a voice comes from inside and a boy jumps out of the peach. He says he has been sent by Heaven to be their son. The old couple are very happy and the boy stays with them. When he has grown up he tells his father he wants to do something to help the Japanese people who are constantly attacked by Oni ( demons and ogres) who live on Ogre Island. His father presents him with samurai armour and a sword. On his way to Ogre Island he meets a dog who says he will help because Momotaro gave him a dumpling (his mother had made) he also meets a monkey and pheasant. All four continue to the island and working together defeat the Oni and take their treasure back to the Japanese people and his family who live happily ever after.
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