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鬼 (oni)
oni (ogre)


This top depicts an oni from the Momotarō legend, which originates from the Edo period (1600-1868). Oni are a kind of supernatural monster from Japanese folklore, often translated as “demon” or “ogre.” In many versions of the Momotarō legend, Momotarō, who is a boy who came to Earth inside a giant peach, later leaves the home of the elderly couple who raised him to fight a band of demons on a distant island. Most versions of the legend end with Momotarō defeating the demons and living happily ever after with his parents.



Click the following links for  more detailed information on the top, a video of Hiroi-sensei explaining his work, and English and Japanese transcripts:


  • 鬼 (oni)                     日本語

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