Performed between acts during a noh play, kyogen are brief and comical interludes. Konkai (Fox’s Cry) is a popular kyogen, better known as Tsurigitsune (Fox Trapping). In the play, a trapper receives a surprise visit from his uncle, the priest Hakuzosu, who delivers a passionate lecture on the wickedness of trapping foxes. Later, the trapper realizes that the visitor was not his uncle at all but a fox in disguise. Yoshitoshi depicts the sly fox on his way home, still wearing the priest’s clothing, but gradually reassuming his true form. Human hands clasp prayer beads as his auburn snout illuminated in the moonlight glances over his shoulder. Foxes are magical creatures in Japanese folklore. While not necessarily malicious, they are known for their trickery.