Quest: Momotaro - Momotaro (85) ;
Righteous and tender hearted Momotaro was born from a giant peach floating down a river. He wants to chase away the goblins that often come down to the village and cause trouble. However, he refuses to leave his old parents behind. He thinks that it's his responsibility to capture the goblins for the villagers' well being.
My Name Is Momotaro Quest
Location: Near Kyoto
Beyond Atlantica, history and legend:
Momotarō (桃太郎?) is a popular hero from Japanese folklore
. His name literally means Peach Tarō; as Tarō is a common Japanese boy's name, it is often translated as Peach Boy
. Momotarō is also the title of various books, films, and other works that portray the tale of this hero.
According to the present form of the tale (dating to the Edo Period), Momotarō came to Earth inside a giant peach
, which was found floating down a river by an old, childless woman who was washing clothes there. The woman and her husband discovered the child when they tried to open the peach to eat it. The child explained that he had been sent by Heaven to be their son. The couple named him Momotarō, from momo (peach) and tarō (eldest son in the family).