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Anza (安座)

One of the forms in Noh and kyōgen. Anza, or “peaceful sitting,” is folding the legs to sit cross-legged. Used often in kirikumi, or fight scenes or when cursed by demons to show capitulation. As the posture during sitting and standing is shown very beautifully, the backside is not placed on the floor as one would typically sit cross-legged, but often on top of one leg. There is also a form known as tobi-anza, or “flying Anza,” in which the actor jumps in the air, takes the anza position, and then lands.

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