- May 2016
Interesting. Didn’t knew that. Thanks.Not quite. The visual depiction comes from kabuki theatre. Stagehands would wear those black costumes so the audience knew they were not part of the scenery. An actor who was supposed to be "invisible" or in hiding would also wear the same costume to signal to the audience that he could not be seen. So, any character playing a hidden assassin would therefore wear that costume. The paintings are generally depicting scenes from kabuki.#
The black clad stagehand is called a "kuroko".