Kintarō (金太郎? often translated as "Golden Boy") is a folk hero from Japanese folklore. A folk hero is type of Hero, real or mythological. The single salient characteristic which makes a character a folk hero is the imprinting of the name personality Japanese folklore is the Folklore of Japan. It is heavily influenced by both Shinto and Buddhism, the two primary religions in the country A child of superhuman strength, he was raised by a mountain ogress on Mount Ashigara. CHILD syndrome (or congenital hemidysplasia with ichthyosiform erythroderma and limb defects) is a genetic disorder An ogre (feminine ogress) is a large cruel and hideous Humanoid Monster, featured in mythology folklore and fiction He became friendly with the animals of the mountain, and later, after catching the terror of the region around Mount Ooe, Shutendouji, he became a loyal follower of Minamoto no Yorimitsu under the new name Sakata no Kintoki (坂田公時?). Kuniyoshi Utagawa Minamoto Yorimitsu also known as Raikojpg|thumb| Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Minamoto Yorimitsu fights Tsuchi-gumo]] (944-1021 also known as He is a popular figure in noh and kabuki drama, and it is a custom to put up a Kintarō doll on Boy's Day in the hope that boys will become equally brave and strong. or is a major form of classic Japanese musical Drama that has been performed since the 14th century is a form of traditional Japanese theatre. Kabuki theatre is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate Make-up worn by some of its performers Universal Children's Day In 1954 the United Nations General Assembly suggested that all nations should observe a Universal Children's Day as a day of worldwide
Kintarō is supposedly based on a real man, named Sakata no Kintoki, who lived during the Heian period and probably came from what is now the city of Minami-ashigara. The is the last division of classical Japanese history, running from 794 to 1185. Minamiashigara (南足柄市 Minamiashigara-shi) is a city located in Kanagawa, Japan. He served as a retainer for the samurai Minamoto no Yorimitsu and became well known for his abilities as a warrior. is the term for the military nobility of Pre-industrial Japan. As with many larger-than-life individuals, his legend has grown with time.
Several competing stories tell of Kintarō's childhood. In one, he was raised by his mother, Princess Yaegiri, daughter of a wealthy man named Shiman-chōja, in the village of Jizodo, near Mt. Kintoki. In a competing legend, his mother gave birth to him in what is now Sakata. She was forced to flee, however, due to fighting between her husband, a samurai named Sakata, and his uncle. She finally settled in the forests of Mt. Kintoki to raise her son. Alternatively, Kintarō's real mother left the child in the wilds or died and left him an orphan, and he was raised by the mountain witch Yama-uba (one tale says Kintarō's mother raised him in the wilds, but due to her haggard appearance, she came to be called Yama-uba). is a Yōkai ("spirit" or "monster" found in Japanese folklore. In the most fanciful version of the tale, Yama-uba was Kintarō's mother, impregnated by a clap of thunder sent from a red dragon of Mt. Thunder is the sound made by Lightning. Depending on the nature of the lightning and distance of the listener it can range from a sharp The dragon is a Legendary creature of which some interpretation or depiction appears in almost every culture worldwide Ashigara.
The legends agree that even as a toddler, Kintarō was active and indefatigable, plump and ruddy, wearing only a bib with the Chinese character for "gold" (金) on it. are the Chinese characters that are used in the modern Japanese logographic writing system along with Hiragana (ひらがな 平仮名 Katakana His only other accoutrement was a hatchet (a Chinese symbol of thunder). See Hatchet (novel for the Young adult novel. See Hatchet (film for the Horror film. He was bossy to other children (or there simply were no other children in the forest), so his friends were mainly the animals of Mt. Kintoki and Mt. Ashigara. He was also phenomenally strong, able to smash rocks into pieces, uproot trees, and bend trunks like twigs. His animal friends served him as messengers and mounts, and some legends say that he even learned to speak their language. Animal language is the modeling of human language in non human animal systems Several tales tell of Kintarō's adventures, fighting monsters and demons, beating bears in sumo wrestling, and helping the local woodcutters fell trees. are creatures from Japanese folklore, variously translated as Demons Devils Ogres or Trolls They are popular characters in Japanese is a competitive Contact sport where two Wrestlers ( rikishi) attempt to force one another out of a circular ring ( Dohyo) or to touch the ground
As an adult, Kintarō changed his name to Sakata no Kintoki. He met the samurai Minamoto no Yorimitsu as he passed through the area around Mt. Kintoki. Yorimitsu was impressed by Kintarō's enormous strength, so he took him as one of his personal retainers to live with him in Kyoto. (IPA /kʲoːto / is a city in the central part of the island of Honshū, Japan. Kintoki studied martial arts there and eventually became the chief of Yorimitsu's Shitenno ("four braves"), renowned for his strength and martial prowess. Martial arts are systems of codified practices and traditions of training for Combat. Shitennō (四天王 a Japanese term normally referring to the Buddhist Four Heavenly Kings, is also applied to particularly famous or loyal retainers in groups He eventually went back for his mother and brought her to Kyoto as well.
Kintarō is an extremely popular figure in Japan, and his image adorns everything from statues to storybooks, anime, manga to action figures. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics. The sculpture of Japan started from the clay figure Japanese sculpture received the influence of the Silk Road culture in the 5th century and received a strong influence from Chinese Children's literature is an age category of literature written for published for or marketed to Children roughly through age 12 is a Japanese Manga series by Tatsuya Egawa about a 25-year-old Freeter, pervert and "travelling student" named Kintaro Oe (大江錦太郎 An action figure is a posable character Figurine, made of Plastic or other materials and often based upon a movie, Comic book, Video game For example, the anime Golden Boy stars a character with the same name. is a Japanese Manga series by Tatsuya Egawa about a 25-year-old Freeter, pervert and "travelling student" named Kintaro Oe (大江錦太郎 Kintarō as an image is characterized with a Masakari ax, a Haragake Japanese-style apron and sometimes a tame bear. The masakari (鉞 is an ancient Japanese Weapon. This Battle-axe was used by the Yamabushi, the warrior monks
Kintarō candy has been around since the Edo period; no matter how the cylinder-shaped candy is cut, Kintarō's face appears inside. Candy, specifically sugar candy, is a confection made from a concentrated solution of sugar in water to which a variety of flavorings and colorants is added The, also referred to as the Tokugawa period (徳川時代 Tokugawa-jidai) is a division of Japanese history running from 1603 to 1868 Japanese tradition is to decorate the room of a newborn baby boy with Kintarō dolls on Children's Day (May 5) so that the child will grow up to be strong like the Golden Boy. Universal Children's Day In 1954 the United Nations General Assembly suggested that all nations should observe a Universal Children's Day as a day of worldwide Events 553 - The Second Council of Constantinople begins 1215 - Rebel Barons renounce their allegiance to King John A shrine dedicated to the folk hero lies at the foot of Mt. Kintoki in the Hakone area near Tokyo. Nearby is a giant boulder that was supposedly chopped in half by the boy hero himself.
The Imagin Kintaros from the tokusatsu series Kamen Rider Den-O is based on Kintarō, emulating the bear and axe elements. are a fictional race that are the antagonists in the Kamen Rider Series Kamen Rider Den-O. is a Japanese word that literally means " Special effects " It is primarily used to refer to Live-action Japanese Film and is the seventeenth installment in the popular Kamen Rider Series of Tokusatsu programs
In the video game Otogi 2 developed by From Software, Kintoki wields a large axe as his main weapon, known as the 'Crimson Axe'. Otogi 2 Immortal Warriors an Hack and slash Action game designed by From Software.
Kintarō appears as a character who rides a flying bear in the animated television series Urusei Yatsura. is a well-known late 1970s to 1990s Manga ( 1978 - 1987) and Anime ( 1981 - 1993) series created by Rumiko 
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