Once upon a time, there was an old man who was a bamboo cutter. He entered deep into the fields and hills to cut bamboos day after day, which he used to make various things. His name was, in sooth, called Sakaki no Miyatsuko. And among the bamboos, there was one with a shining stem, indeed! He found it peculiar and came closer to take a look at it, and saw that the inside of the bamboo was shining. He saw a person of about only three inches, who was sitting very adorably. “I know it because she sits in the bamboos, which I look at day and night. It seems that she should become – not my basket – but my child”, the old man said, and placed her into his hand and brought her back home. He had his wife care for her. How extraordinarily adorable she is! Because she was very little, they raised her in a basket.