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Kiri Noh (切能)

In the official five-play style of performance of theEdo era, shin nan nyo kyō ki (deity, man, woman, madness, and demon), this is the sequence performed fifth after kurui mono. Also known as gobanme mono (“fifth performance”), it is played at the end of the day’s performance, and is known as Kiri Noh as Kiri means “to end.” Kiri Noh is often made up of celebratory plays or congratulatory sequences and flowery stories of the demon being driven away are common. The inclusion of the ōtsuzumi, or “large drum” to these sequences adds the element of tempo, and these plays are also known as Kiri Noh mono.

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