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Nanori, issei, ageuta. Having developed an interest in Noh after watching several performances, you decide to have a look at a simple utai bon, or “chant book,” and come across these terms. As a newcomer to Noh, their meaning is completely lost on you.

So you don’t get discouraged when you run into this type of terminology in utai bon and other books on Noh, we have created this categorized glossary of Noh Terminology.

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The abbreviated name for the ōkuchi hakama (Hakama trousers with broad cuffs) is ōkuchi. It is usually white (shiro-ōkuchi) or coloured (iro-ōkuchi), but both of them are unfigured. On the other hand, those with patterns are called “Mon-ōkuchi” or “Moyō-ōkuchi”. At first glance, it looks similar to “hangire”. However, while hangire is suitable for vital roles such as demon gods and warlords and has many flamboyant and large patterns made of gold brocade and other fabrics, many Mon-ōkuchi has designs ideal for graceful women and noblemen. Also, the back of hangire is made taut with a core of tatami mats, while that of ōkuchi is made tight with a thick rib weave.


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