In the opening act of The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, a pivotal scene. The toddler Kaguya, having just taken her first steps is cheered on by a group of older country children who have christened her ‘Lil’ Bamboo’, on account of her ability to grow in terrifyingly rapid spurts. Her father, the man who found her in the woods, calls her ‘Princess’ and is hellbent on making her one. She is figuratively and literally trapped between those two names and two opposing destinies.