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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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(唐団扇)

A hand prop of a round fan held instead of an ordinary fan (Chūkei) by the character of a Chinese person. Made with a gourd-shape frame and a handle, its shape is similar to that of a military leader's fan. There is often a silk finish decorated with paintings that evoke the beauty of nature. A Tō-uchiwa is held by the leading actor in the Noh plays "Yōkihi," "Kantan" and "Karabune," and by the Emperor in the kyōgen play "Tōjin-zumō" (aka “Kara-zumō”).


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