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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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(果報者)

One of the roles in kyōgen plays. Kahōmono refers to rich and lucky men, often seen as leading characters in Waki-kyōgen plays full of happiness. Actors are required to express magnanimity and a mood of celebration even more in than regular Daimyō roles, so such parts are viewed as difficult for young performers. Standard costumes consist of samurai eboshi (a lacquered hat), a suit of Suō (ceremonial dress of lower-class samurai) and a coat of kōhaku-dan (large red-and-white check), along with a small dagger and a gold-backgrounded shizume-ōgi (fan). The colours and patterns vary by school.


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