Boshibari or Tied to a Pole

The wily servants Tarokaja and Jirokaja steal their master’s sake wine whenever the master is away. The master has a plan. He orders Tarokaja to tie Jirokaja’s hands and arms to a pole so that he cannot steal the sake. Then he quickly also ties Tarokaja’s hands behind his back. So the master assumes that no sake will disappear while he is out of the house. By means of complicated manoeuvrings with their tied hands, the servants, however, are able to drink the master’s sake. When he returns home, the master is surprised to find the drunken servants. Furthermore, he is beaten with Jirokaja’s pole.