The Enforced Retreat)
One of the most spectacular of the “Kabuki Eighteen” it was well received when the first performed in 1727 by Ichkawa Danjuro II. An angry demon is pushed back to the stage by a warrior who appears on the “hanamichi’’
The hero wears the most elaborate “suji-kuma” makeup, gauntlets and greves and an enormous padded kimono. He walks around on high wooden clogs carrying three swords and a bamboo spear. The deamon is not far behind with his long red wig and No style brocade costume.
The “oshi-modoshi’’ role can be seen in plays like ‘Futaomote”, “Dojoji”And ‘Onna Narukami” but on a smaller scale.The Oshimodoshi may be called such names as Odate Sabagoro or Takenuki Goro.