Momotaro and kibidango (a sweet dumpling)
(a fairy tale in Japan)
Momotaro is one of the famous heroes come into a fairy tale in Japan, which every Japanese knows.
He went for chasing the demons away having a dog, monkey and pheasant they are normally squabbling each other in tow.
Did Momotaro have enough charisma to have the dog, monkey and pheasant they are normally squabbling each other in tow?
Now, let's take look at the lyrics of the fairy tale "Momotaro".
"Hey, Momotaro, you, Momotaro,
Why don’t you give me one piece of Kibi dango
you have on your waist?Yes, I can. You’re welcome.
I’m going for chasing the demons away now.
If you follow me for that, I’m willing to give this to you.
The dog, monkey and pheasant were dying for the kibidango Momotaro had on his waist,
So they followed Momotaro subject to the cooperation to chase the demons away in order to get the kibidango.
Their motivations were not attributed to the charisma of Momotaro but the kibidango.
Why kibidango? We guess, you’d like to say, “Are you teasing me?”
But we position the kibidango as a metaphor.
Let’s think the kibidango as a metaphor of "meaning".Something that can make them prepare for chasing the demons away as one team regardless of the danger despite they squabble each other normally, expresses "meaning" in the metaphor of the kibidango. In order to create something through open innovation, the kibidango = “meanning” for bringing any differences such as corporate culture and different industries together.