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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 permanent mark created by a heated metal stamp. The tool for making the branding is also called Yakiin. Noh masks often have brandings on the reverse side (mostly at the forehead). These are put there by the makers, as well as by owners wishing to identify their ownership. The groove of the branding is often painted with verdigris, ultramarine or gold paint.

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