A Japanese fairy tale. The story of Issun-Boshi has echoes of the Eurpean fairy tale Tom Thumb. An old childless couple wish for a child but the one which turns up is tiny. However, their true love for him is undiminished. He fancies himself as a samurai and his parents give him a needle for a sword, a straw for a scabbard, a rice bowl for a boat and chopsticks for oars. A monster eats him but he subdues it by stabbing its insides with his needle. He escapes and, with the help of a magic hammer, grows to normal size and marries Princess Haruhime. It's another happy ending.