Propi tious Births 11 tego). Both stories with the same title. One is confused. The other has the account of the meeting between mother and son. Further reference: At Shinohara, Shinoki-mura, Higashikasugai-gun, Aichi, a legend is told about Lake Kotori and Nishio Michinaga, Lord of Ogusa Castle. 8. Issun Boshi After a childless couple prayed to Kannon, the wife's thumb began to swell. A little boy as small as a bean was born from it. They called him Mamesuke [Bean Boy]. Although they took good care of him, he did not grow. When he was 17 years old, he received permission from his parents to leave for a while. He set out carrying a little parched flour. He got work at a wine merchant's building fires for the vats. Three daughters were at that family, but Mamesuke wanted the middle one, the most beautiful one. When she was asleep one night, he smeared parched flour around her mouth and threw the rest into the river. The next morning he pretended to cry as though his heart were broken because his parched flour was gone. The family began to investigate and finally discovered the flour around the middle girl's mouth. She screamed that she did not remember eating the flour, but she was turned over to Mamesuke, who led her home. The angry girl looked for a chance to kill him on the way, but could not find one. Mamesuke's parents were delighted that he had returned safely with his master's daughter as his bride. They heated the bath, and Mamesuke was the first to get in. He called his bride to help him wash. She thought this was her chance and thrashed the bath water with a broom to stir it. Mamesuke's body burst open with a bang and out stepped a handsome young man. Both the bride and the parents were astonished and delighted. The young couple lived happy after that with the family. Niigata, Sado Aomori, Hachinohe: MK II 2 31, "Akutotaro." A child was born from his mother's heel. After he grew up, he took revenge on the yamauba who had eaten his mother. He was probably once called Chiisako [Tiny One]. Kamikita-gun: Nobechi 48, "Shineko Tanpo." Said to have been a legendary monster. Iwate, Hienuki-gun: MK II 5 29, "Suneko Tanpoko." Shiwa-gun: Shiwa shu 75, "Suneko Tanpako." Fukushima, Aizu: Hogen IV 8 105, "Mamechokotaro"; Techo 6, "Mamechokotar5." The story above. Iwaki-gun: Iwaki 4, 5, "Donguritaro" [Acorn Boy] and "Issun Boshi." Niigata, Sado: MK II 5 37, "Mamesuke"; Sado shu 211, "Mamesuke" (Mamesuke no hanashi). Example. MK II 4 30, "Issun Boshi."
12 The Yanagita Guide to the JapaneseFolkTale Minamikanbara-gun: Kamuhara 188, "The mudsnail son" (Tsubu musuko). Ishikawa: Kaga 138, "Chibitar6." Gifu, Yoshiki-gun: MK II 10 26, "Yubitar6" [Finger Boy]. He was born in answer to the prayers of a farmer and his wife. He got into the ear of a horse and led it. He was swept from a cowshed and eaten by a cow. People thought it was a bad sign to hear a voice from the cow, and so it was killed, and Yubitaro was found in its stomach. Next, he was eaten by a wild dog. He led the dog to a chicken pen. The master killed the dog because its belly was big. Caution should be exercised because this seems to be a foreign tale. Hiroshima, Hiroshima City: Aki 90, "Daizu and the demon" (Daizu to oni). Daizu [Bean Boy] went on an expedition, fought a demon and won treasures. The carpenter next door tried to imitate him but failed. Aside from the name, this is like "Issun Boshi." Saeki-gun, Ogaki-mura: Geibi 48, "The magic mallet" (Uchide no kozuchi). About Mameichi. Toyota-gun: Aki 87, "Issun Boshi." Tokushima: Awa Iyayama 14, "Issun Boshi." Fukuoka, Kurate-gun: Fukuoka 71, "The ill-natured mother" (Shone waruki haha). A fragment. The ill-natured mother had a baby like a bean. He got a sack of rice and went into the mountains. His parents followed him and saw him walk into the lake with his clogs on and sit on the sack of rice to rest. This may have some connection with the Hiroshima story, "Daizu and the demon." Saga, Saga-gun: MK II 7 36, "Chinkoman-no-kohiyoro." A baby boy born from a log that floated downstream was named "Chinkoman-nokohiyoro." He set out to destroy a demon with a needle, a measuring stick and a bowl. He tied the demon to the ceiling and treasures came dropping down. The old neighbor's failure to imitate him is included. The tale is originally about a puppy and the part about destroying the demon has been inserted into it. Nagasaki, Kitatakaku-gun: MK II 10 47, "Mametar6"; Hogen shi 22 53 "Mametar6. " Shimabara: Shimabara 152, "The son-in-law called Issunbo" (Issunbo no muko). A man about the size of a one-sho bottle of sake became the son-in-law of a choja, conquered Onigashima, brought home a magic mallet, turned into a handsome man, and prospered. The episodes about rice storehouses and burning one's own house go with it. Ikinoshima: (Old) Iki 179, "Mamego" (Mamego no hanashi). Kagoshima: Koshiki 70, "Issun B6shi." Kikaijima: Shima II 461, "Issun Kotar6." Okierabu: Okinoerabu 227, "Issunb6." Further reference: Mukashibanashi kenkyii. II 3 21, "Otogiz6shi kaisetsu" by Okami Masao. He discusses the tales "Kootoko no soshi" and "Himeyuri." Shans at home 3. A Tom Thumb story which resembles "The mudsnail son-in-law" of Iwate.