This silk miyamairi boys' kimono is the key garment for the child's ceremonial anointment at a Shinto shrine, adorned with yuzen-dyed depictions of the folk legend Momotaro and his animal companions. Despite minor stains, it remains a significant piece. Measuring 36 inches (91 cm) from sleeve-end to sleeve-end and standing at a height of 42 inches (107 cm).
The legend of Momotaro, or 'peach boy,' originates from Okayama, where an old couple discovered him inside a peach. They named and raised him, and when he grew up, he embarked on a journey to defeat ogres tormenting the land. Accompanied by a monkey, a dog, and a pheasant, each aiding with their unique abilities, Momotaro triumphed over the ogres. He returned victorious, bringing peace to his village and securing a happily ever after. It's rare to find such detailed depictions of Momotaro and his companions on a garment, making this kimono quite exceptional.