The Original Folktale that Inspired the Manga
Hidesato is my version of the original Japanese folktale that has several varying titles: ”My Lord Bag of Rice” or “Lord of the Rice Bale”. There are two versions of the tale. In the first and oldest version, Hidesato helps Ryo-wo, the Dragon King. In the second version, Hidesato helps a woman who can transform into a dragon. The tale of how the hero Hidesato acquired the name Tawara Toda, by which he became to be known to prosperity, involves two ever-fasinating themes of Dragons and monster-slaying.