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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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One of the Noh flute schools. The artistic lineage of the school’s founder, Morita Shobee (1597 - 1632), is related to the master Higaimoto Hikobee (died in 1527) and is similar to that of the Issō-ryū. The head family belonged to the Kanzeschool company, but it died out after the Meiji era. The Kanzeschool is now in charge of Morita-ryū. During the Edo period, independent families emerged from among the Morita-ryū players employed by the various clans, and each family had its characteristics. Following this trend, the school still divides into Kansai and Kantō styles. A softer tone than the Issō-ryū characterizes the school. It is musically similar to the Fujita-ryū and the Kasuga-ryū, which was once the leading flute school in Japan but discontinued after World War II.

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