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Tome (留め)

Tome, or “to stop,” indicates the end of something. It can be the end of a Noh or kyōgen play, or simply the end of a dance. In Noh, plays often end with two strong foot stomps, which is known as a tome-byōshi, or “stopping beat.” The Shite typically performs the tome-byōshi, but when performed by the waki, it is known as the waki-dome. There are many kinds of Tome in kyōgen, such as the oikomi-dome, accompanied by the chant of “yarumaizo, yarumaizo,” shikari-dome, a scream, warai-dome, a loud laugh, and shagiri-dome, the playing of the flute.

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