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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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(合掌)

A style of Noh and Kyōgen acting, performed when revering or mourning an object. Both arms are held out in front of the chest with elbows extended slightly. The fingertips of the open hands are placed together. If a fan or other object is in the hand, the tip is folded back toward the elbow. A similar form, “Tappai”, is an expression of worship and respect, with both elbows extended tightly and clasped hands held high together in front of the forehead. Performed at the beginning of Kagura and Otoko-mai dances and after Waki introduce themselves.


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