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Shidohogaku the Horse

Shidohogaku the Horse (May 25, 1985. Kyogen-no-kai Performance. Shite: Tojiro Yamamoto)
* Taro Kaja wears a kataginu over hangire, the Master wears naga-bakama over an under robe, and the horse wears a kuro-gashira wig, a Kentoku mask, and monpa trousers over an under robe.

œ Taro Kaja Kyogen
› Roasting Chestnuts, Shidohogaku the Horse, The Sound of Bells, Six Ox-loads of Wood, The Dropped Gift, Horizontal Singing, Rope Twisting, The Delicious Poison, etc.

Also called Servant Kyogen, these plays feature the servant Taro Kaja as the main character. He loves drinking wine, neglects his duties, is an honest man, is very clever, is basically a coward, is intelligent, and is lazy\this is the complex set of contradictions that make up Taro Kaja, the most representative and most fascinating character in the human comedy known as Kyogen.

In Shidohogaku the Horse, according to the Master's orders, Taro Kaja borrows some tea, a sword, and a horse from the Master's uncle, who says that whenever he clears his throat, the horse will rear up; after having been thrown off, the Master chases Taro Kaja off stage, threatening punishment.

œ Son-in-Law Kyogen / Woman Kyogen
› Two-in-One Hakama, The Son-in-Law in the Boat, The Magic Fish Hook, The Water-Throwing Son-in-Law, Farmer Oko and Farmer Sako, Suicide with a Sickle, The Stingy Aunt's Wine, Narihira's Rice Cakes, etc.

These kinds of plays revolve around characters such as sons-in-law who visit their wives' parents and cause all sorts of trouble, wives who outdo their husbands, or husbands that wives cannot depend on\depicting the drama of everyday human situations.

God Kyogen, Daimyo Kyogen
Taro Kaja Kyogen, Son-in-Law / Woman Kyogen
Demon / Warrior Priest / Blindman Kyogen
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