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Nanori, issei, ageuta. Having developed an interest in Noh after watching several performances, you decide to have a look at a simple utai bon, or “chant book,” and come across these terms. As a newcomer to Noh, their meaning is completely lost on you. So you don’t get discouraged when you run into this type of terminology in utai bon and other books on Noh, we have created this categorized glossary of Noh Terminology.

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A type of costume. It is a short-sleeved kimono with horizontal stripes worn by a man in a lower place under his costume. For most Dan-noshime, wide colour stripes alternate with white ones, but some feature stripes of multiple colours. The three-colour version is called sanshoku-dan. The colour and width vary, depending on the character. Dan-noshime is a kind of awase (kimono with a lining). It is often used in Kyōgen.

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