Issun Boshi

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This classic Japanese fairy tale tells the story of Issun Boshi, the tiny son of an old childless couple, born to be only one inch high. He was thus called Issun Boshi, Japanese for one-inch boy. He left home to set off on a journey to find his place in the world. Because he saw himself as a swordfighter, 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.