A cat, a sparrow, and a brave youth live in a hut in the forest. But while the cat and sparrow cut firewood, the witch Baba Yaga will steal into the hut to count the spoons and kidnap the brave youth and eat him for her dinner.
An old woman finds a large peach in a river. As she is about to cut it, it falls apart and a small boy pops out. He has been sent by the gods to be the son of the woman and her husband. They name him Momotaro (Peach Boy). Years later, Momotaro leaves to battle demons who have occupied an island in the north of Japan. As he sets out, he meets a dog, a monkey, and a pheasant, all of whom join him in his quest.
The only son of wealthy parents is told a new story every night by servants. As the stories are told, the spirits from the story go into a leather bag that hangs on the boy's door. They will only be released when he tells the stories to someone else. But the boy is selfish and refuses to tell stories to other children. By the time the boy is grown, the spirits in the bag are very cramped and angry. They begin to plot their owner's death.
A young prince marries the daughter of the King of the Land of Stars. But the prince and princess become lazy after their marriage. The princess stops weaving clouds, and the prince leaves his cattle to the care of his servants. He and his wife devote themselves to pleasure. The King of the Land of Stars punishes them by separating them from each other on either side of the River of Stars.
A Brahman priest is trapped by a creature known as a yakka, who has a woman's body and a horse's head. She wants to eat the priest, but he is very handsome, and she falls in love. She offers him the choice of marrying her or dying. He marries her, and they have a son together. The father and son are kept trapped inside a cave, but when one day they escape, the son, who is half yakka, is able to use his powers to work for a nearby king.
Young Prince Sedana hopes to marry his cousin, Scri, when they grow up. Approaching manhood, Sedana is sent to study with a holy man. In his absence, King Pulagra hears of Scri's beauty and wants to take her as his wife.