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Also usofuki, sometimes written š‚. Lit.,'bluffer' or 'whistler'; a humorous mask used in kyougen ‹¶Œ¾ plays. Characterized by pursed lips, sunken cheeks, bulging round crossed eyes and a furrowed forehead, usobuki appears to be blowing with all his might. This comic mask is used for a wide range of kyougen roles, particularly the spirits of plants, fish and insects, including ants and cicada. Usobuki represents mushrooms in the play Mushrooms KUSABIRA ‘ù, a scarecrow in The Melon Thief URINUSUBITO ‰Z“l, a mosquito in Wrestling with a Mosquito KAZUMOU ‰á‘Š–o, and the spirit of pine resin in The Spirit of Pine Resin MATSUYANI ¼Ž‰. In the play A Sinner with References YAO ”ª”ö, usobuki is used to play a sinner on his way to hell.
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