• Issun Bôshi: The One-Inch Boy
  • Issun Bôshi: The One-Inch Boy
  • Issun Bôshi: The One-Inch Boy
  • Issun Bôshi: The One-Inch Boy
  • Issun Bôshi: The One-Inch Boy
  • Issun Bôshi: The One-Inch Boy
  • Issun Bôshi: The One-Inch Boy

Issun Bôshi: The One-Inch Boy

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  • Tiny and brave—these are the two most striking characteristics of Issun Bôshi. His mother had longed to have a child for so many years that she finally added “even if it is a very small one” to her wish. When the elderly couple did in fact bear a son, he turned out to be only one inch high. He was thus called Issun Bôshi, Japanese for one-inch boy
  • Although his parents raised him very lovingly, Issun Bôshi realised one day that he would not grow any taller. He then left his home to set off on a journey to find his place in the world. Because he saw himself as a sword fighter, a samurai, he made sure to take along the right equipment: a needle was his sword, a soup bowl was his boat, and a chopstick was its rudder
  • As in any proper fairy tale, Issun Bôshi is tested in several adventures. He handles himself so bravely that, in the end, he is rewarded with just the right princess

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