Kabuki features many different supernatural characters, including those of gods, buddhas, animal spirits and other entities. In this play, the character Sato Tadanobu, a loyal retainer, has transformed himself into a young fox longing for its parents whose skin was used for a shoulder drum, and reveals his real identity upon being closely questioned.
The actor dons a costume known as a kenui (stitched fur) in which white silk thread is twisted and embroidered onto white fabric. He then uses distinctive movement and speech in a portrayal of a fox. To better represent the fox’s tail, similar silk thread embroidery is also used on the long obi (sash) to portray its tail.