Japanese - A very small boy. He was born the size of a finger and remained that size until he reached his teens when he was discovered by the princess Sanjo who took him as her page. When they were attacked by two oni, Issunboshi met them with his sword (which was, in fact, a needle) and drove them off. One of them dropped a magic mallet and, with this implement, Issunboshi was granted his wish to be the same size as others of his age. The emperor became his patron and he later married a prince's daughter. Occasionally known as Issunboshi, Issunhoshi, Issunhoshi, One-inch Priest or One-inch Priest.

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