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Itsukushima Shrine Noh Stage (厳島神社能舞台)

Noh Stage located at Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima nationally designated as an Important Cultural Property. The current stage was built in 1680 (Enpō 8) by the feudal lord of Hiroshima, Tsunanaga Asano (1659-1708). One special characteristic of the stage is that it is built on the beach, and when the tide is full it appears to be floating in the ocean. To enhance the sound of steps of the stage, large pots are typically placed under it, but this is not possible on the Itsukushima Shrine as it is built on the ocean. In place of the pots, other techniques are employed such as widening the space between the rails that support the floorboards. After being destroyed by a typhoon in 1991, the stage was rebuilt in 1994.

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