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Waki (ワキ)

Waki, written with the kanji meaning “side,” is the supporting actor in Noh. The Waki has an important role in confronting and drawing out the performance of the Shite. While the Shite plays the roles of men and women, young and old, the Waki plays male roles of travelling monks, Shinto priests, and warriors, and does not wear a mask.

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