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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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(繻子)

A kind of textile. The weave is characterised by warp yarns floating over multiple welt yarns (or vice versa), producing a glossy, smooth and soft texture. Shusu is often used for nurihaku (embroidery and impressing of gold or silver foil on fabric), awase-kariginu (lined informal kimono), Happi (workman's livery coat), and Hangiri (Hakama trousers with gorgeous patterns).


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