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  • Once upon a time there lived a lovely married couple.

  • They got along well, but they could not have a baby.

  • ""Please give us a lovely child. Any child will do""

  • prayed the couple to the god every day.

  • Then, their wish finally came true.

  • One day, a boy was born!

  • However, the baby was very very small, as tall as an inch.

  • The couple named the little boy Inch Boy and cherished him and let him eat a lot,

  • wishing one day he would grow bigger.

  • Many years had passed, but Inch Boy was still as tall as an inch.

  • The couple was worried about his health.

  • In spite of the couple's anxiety, Inch Boy had no problem.

  • Although his body was just an inch, he always thought,

  • ""I am brave and have wisdom. I surely can do something special.

  • I am always so excited!""

  • Then, at last, Inch Boy told the couple that he would be a warrior in the capital.

  • He left the couple alone and headed to the capital.

  • Inch boy set off for the capital with a bowl for a boat and chopsticks for oars.

  • He put a sewing needle in a scabbard for his sword.

  • It was indeed sad and lonely to bid farewell to his parents,

  • but he was also excited to go to the capital he had never seen.

  • He was rowing, rowing and rowing down the river.

  • Inch Boy arrived at the capital and was surprised.

  • A large number of people, wonderful gorgeous clothes, prosperous markets...

  • He had known something about the capital as many people told him.

  • But the capital was much greater than he had expected!

  • He looked around and found the biggest mansion.

  • He walked toward it and knocked on the door.

  • ""Hello! My name is Inch boy. I came here all the way to be a warrior.

  • Please let me serve for this family.""

  • ""How strange... I thought I heard someone speaking,"" said the one warrior working for this family,

  • and finally noticed Inch Boy.

  • ""Is that you who spoke now? What a little tiny boy you are.""

  • ""Yes, I am indeed little,

  • but I have more courage and wisdom than any other man.""

  • ""Haha, you are vigorous and energetic.

  • Okay, I will take you to the master of the house.""

  • The master liked Inch Boy and let him live in the house.

  • Inch Boy worked and learned as hard as anyone else,

  • chopping firewood, cleaning, and learning reading, writing and arithmetic.

  • All workers at this mansion started liking Inch Boy.

  • As they saw him, they talked to him.

  • ""Hey, Inch Boy"",

  • ""Hi, you are working so hard.""

  • Especially, a princess sometimes gave him snacks and cherished him so much.

  • One day, the princess happened to go to Temple to worship Kannon deity.

  • Inch Boy was also assigned to accompany her.

  • On the way back from the Kannon temple, suddenly the sky became dark.

  • Then, they saw terrible red and blue ogres.

  • These ogres blocked the way in front of the princess's party.

  • The ogres seemed as if they were about to eat all people.

  • But, Inch Boy was brave.

  • He stepped forward without hesitation.

  • ""I won't let you lay a finger on our princess!""

  • ""Hahaha! Did you say something?"" laughed the ogres a lot.

  • ""What is a pipsqueak like you going to do? we can easily step on you!""

  • said the ogre, and he reached his leg out toward Inch Boy.

  • But, Inch Boy jumped aside and climbed his leg, and from his knee to his belly,

  • and then he stabbed the red ogre's eye with his needle sword.

  • AHAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!”"

  • The red ogre flinched.

  • The blue ogre was now very angry!

  • ""You, what on earth are you doing?""

  • said the blue ogre,and he put Inch Boy into his mouth.

  • ""Huh, such a little boy."""

  • ""No, Inch Boy...!"" cried the princess despairing.

  • But, soon, the blue ogre screamed.

  • ""Ouch, eer...""

  • He held his belly and suffered with pain.

  • ""You ogres, as long as Inch Boy is beside the princess, no one shall lay a finger on her.

  • Do you now understand?""

  • He was stabbing in the blue ogre's stomach.

  • ""I understand, please forgive us. We won't do anything evil anymore.""

  • As Inch Boy heard their apology, he jumped out from the mouth.

  • The ogres gave a magical mallet.

  • "Once you swing it, you wish will be granted," said the ogres, and they escaped.

  • ""Please make me bigger with this mallet, Princess,"" asked Inch Boy.

  • She swung it saying ""Inch Boy, grow now!""

  • Then, he grew up, bigger and bigger, and became a young man.

  • He was delighted.

  • And it is said that he later married the princess and became a great warrior.

Once upon a time there lived a lovely married couple.

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