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The One-Inch Boy and sometimes translated as "The Inch-High Samurai", he originates from a Japanese Folktale. Born from to a elderly couple, they gave him his name after seeing how small he was. After realizing he would never grow he would go on a journey and become a samurai. Issun-bōshi is given a sewing needle for a sword, a soup bowl for a boat, and chopsticks for oars for his journey.


He would receive a job from the government and accompanies a princess. As they travel together they are attacked by a Oni, which Issun would defeat by attacking him from the inside after the Oni swallows him. This causes the Oni to flee and drop the Uchide mallet, which the princess uses to make Issun human size.



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