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|Other name(s)||Momotaro Line|
|Termini|| Okayama |
|Rolling stock||KiHa 40 series DMU|
|Opened||11 November 1904|
|Line length||20.4 km (12.7 mi)|
|Character||Urban and rural|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Operating speed||85 km/h (53 mph)|
Kibi Line (吉備線, Kibi-sen) is a railway line in Okayama Prefecture, Japan, operated by the West Japan Railway Company (JR West). It is also referred to as the Momotaro Line (桃太郎線).
All stations are in Okayama Prefecture.
The line opened in 1904.[ citation needed ]
On 1 June 1944, the Chugoku Railway was nationalized, becoming part of Japanese National Railways (JNR).With the privatization of JNR on 1 April 1987, the line came under the control of JR West.
From the start of the 26 March 2016 timetable revision, the line was branded the "Momotaro Line" (桃太郎線).
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A Kibi dango, is a type of wagashi sweet or snack with an eponymous reference to Kibi-no-kuni, an old province roughly coincident with today's Okayama Prefecture. It is made by forming gyūhi, a sort of soft mochi, into flat round cakes. Glutinous rice, starch, syrup and sugar are the basic ingredients. It is manufactured by some fifteen confectioners based in Okayama City. While perhaps originally made from kibi, the modern recipe uses little or no millet, and substantively differs from kibi dango of yore, famous from the Japanese heroic folk tale of Momotarō or "Peach Boy"; nevertheless, "Kibi dango" continues to be represented as being the same as the folk hero Peach Boy's dumpling.
Kibi dango is Japanese dumpling made from the meal or flour of the kibi grain. The treat was used by folktale-hero Momotarō to recruit his three beastly retainers, in the commonly known version of the tale.