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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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(法螺貝)

Stage prop used in Kyōgen. Sometimes held by actors playing mountain priests as a Dharma tool for Shugendō ascetic practices, it is a type of snail shell with a mouthpiece attached to the thin end, producing a loud sound when blown, although the actors do not actually blow it on stage. In the Kyōgen play “Kagyū”, there is a scene in which a mountain priest puts a trumpet shell to his waist to prove that he is a snail himself. In the Noh play “Ataka”, when the special staging instruction kaitate-kaitsuke (kaitate) is made for the intermission Kyōgen, a gōriki mountain porter blows his fan as if it were a trumpet shell.


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