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Waki-noh Mono (脇能物)

In the official five-play style of performance of the Edo era, shin nan nyo kyō ki (deity, man, woman, madness, and demon), this is the sequence corresponding to shin that is performed first after the Okina. Many sequences include strong celebratory themes that deal with gods such as Takasago, Oimatsu, and Kamo. This sequence is termed waki-noh as it is positioned to the side, or waki, of the Okina. Waki-noh is also known as Shobanme mono, or “first-group plays,” and kami-noh, kami being an alternative pronunciation of the above shin.

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