Play title Kokusen'ya Takenuki Gor˘  In Japanese
Common title Oshimodoshi  In Japanese
Authors ??? (1727)
Oka Onitar˘ (1934)

The first version of "Oshimodoshi" was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1727 at the Nakamuraza, within the drama "Kokusen'ya Takenuki Gor˘" and with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II in the leading role of Takenuki Gor˘ the demon-queller. Kokusen'ya in the title was related to Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Kokusen'ya Gassen" in which the role of Wat˘nai was performed in the aragoto style with a costum and a makeup similar to the ones in "Kokusen'ya Takenuki Gor˘". Oshimodoshi refers to the both the role (a demon-queller) and the play, which was included in 1840 in the Kabuki Jűhachiban collection of plays belonging to the Ichikawa Clan. It was revived by Ichikawa Sansh˘ V in April 1934 at the Kabukiza. It is nowadays occasionally staged as the grand finale of "Musume D˘j˘ji", "Futa Omote D˘j˘ji", "Onna Seigen" or "Onna Narukami".

Key words Aragoto
Kabuki Jűhachiban

The actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX playing the role of Aotake Gor˘ in the drama "Oshimodoshi" in a print made by Torii Kiyosada

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