figure in the photo is shows "Taro-kaja", who appears in a "kyohgen"
play titled "Sue-hirogari (=spreading end)", which makes "Kaho-mono
(= fortunate person) a main actor. The
story of "sue-hirogari" is just as follows:
the master, orders Taro-kaja, the follower, to go to the capital city
Kyoto to buy a "suehirogari" fan. However, Taro-kaja is
deceived by the bad fellow because he does not know what "suehirogari"
is. He is forced to buy an umbrella and he goes home. And then,
Taro-kaja is scolded by Kahoh-mono. At that time, Taro-kaja sings the "kouta-hayashi",
a small song with musical accompaniment, which he heard and memorized in
Kyoto in order to take the mood of Kahoh-mono, his master. Finally, the
master and the follower are reconciled happily.
the beauty as a "kata-mono(=type thing)" of the refined
congratulatory gift. The
Taro-kaja is the performer who has the most familiarity in kyohgen.
dress also has an attractive point of a drawing in Indian-ink in
contrast with the gorgeous luxury dress of "noh."
is one of representation of kyohgen costumes for its astringency, simple
and natural taste, and the "feeling of clowns."
features of Taro-kaja's dress are a "kataginu (=shoulder clothes)"
jacket and a "han-bakama (=half-hakama)" trousers.
jacket is dressed on the "hanb-bakama (=a half-hakama)" and
fastened by a "koshi-obi" string. The
"kataginu" jacket is made of black remie and the pattern, the
target of a waterfowl and an arrow with a circle.
shows the Okura style which has the tradition of the Yamato sarugaku,
and could be judged as "Yamato (=Japan)."
family crest is the pattern of what designed the snowy crystal and was
made into the ring and shepherd's purse; the reason why it has such
crest is not clear at all. In
other cases, some "kataginu" jacket has the patterns of a
gourd, a large turnip or a demon's tile; in this way, the fun of the
kyohgen dress is represented. As
for the "han-bakama" trousers, the fullness of family crests
is usual and the pattern in the crests is full of precious articles.
than that, the inner pattern has many novel designs, such as 1000 nets,
3 umbrellas, and a sailing boat. In
some kyohgen program, the "han-bakama" trousers is replaced by
"age-bakama" with "kyahan" leg covers.
amorous glance of a striped decoration-of-red-and-white-paper eye is
"koshi-obi (=waist obi) band is the wooden black skin and the
wooden black lozenge of a pine to a white ground.
A tabi is
made of colored fabrics. The
figure has a "shijime-ohgi" fan in the hand.