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Sumitori (角取り)

One of the forms in Noh and kyōgen. The area close to the metsuke-bashira or “eye-fixing pillar” in the corner closest to the left when facing the stage is known as the sumi (“corner”), and Sumitori, or “taking the corner,” is when the actors move to this corner, face the front and line their feet up. As this takes place as close as possible to the audience and is a key part of the form, sometimes the actors will add forms such as turning in a small circle to the right before the Sumitori. Often after Sumitori, the actors will face the main stage and move on toward the direction of the waki-za to their front right.

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