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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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A prop used in the Noh play “Kanawa”, a kanawa is an iron trivet used for supporting an item such as a pot on a fireplace. Since the Heian period, it has also been used during ‘Ushi-no-toki-mairi’ (a ritual shrine visit to lay a curse on someone, conducted around the hour of the Ox, in the small hours of the morning). For Ushi-no-toki-mairi, a candle is erected on each of the three legs facing upward, for light from the flames. The kanawa used in Noh follows this style. A silk cord is attached to the lower ring part of the trivet and tied under the chin to fix it to the head.

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