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Kakko (羯鼓)

A kind of dance performed by entertainer characters to display their abilities. They carry small tabors called Kakko in front of their waists, and dance as they pound the tabors with drumsticks in their hands. The dance Kakko is seen in "Hōkazō," "Kagetsu," "Mochizuki," "Jinen koji," and elsewhere. These plays are classified as daishō mono, in which only flutes and the small and large tabors are played. There are also several Kyōgen pieces featuring Kakko, such as "Nabe yatsubachi." These plays, which are accompanied by flutes only, have a more easygoing atmosphere than those in Noh.

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