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The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter - Discovery of Princess Kaguya

Discovery of Princess Kaguya. Hand painted page from a book set depicting The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, 17th century, unknown artist.

Once upon a time, there lived an elderly couple near a bamboo forest. The husband was commonly known as Old Man who Cuts Bamboo (竹取翁, Taketori no Okina), but his given name was Sanuki no Miyatsuko (讃岐造). His wife is unnamed and merely called Old Woman (嫗, Ouna) within the tale. The Old Man was cutting one day when he spotted a strange, glowing stock of bamboo. Out of curiosity, he chopped it down and was surprised to find an infant girl inside. Taking the orphan home, the elderly couple raised the baby as though it were their own. Each day afterwards, the glowing bamboo stock kept spouting gold coins for the family. With these coins, the woodcutter and his family became wealthy. They called their fortuitous child, Mimurodoihebe-no-Akita (御室戸斎部の秋田), in honor of the area she was found.

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