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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 kind of costume used for kyōgen plays. A hood worn for the role of an ogre. The part wrapping the head consists of gold brocade or other fabrics with showy colours and patterns. Red-dyed yak hair (from a Tibetan bovine) is implanted along the lower edge of the hood to cover the shoulders and back. Sometimes hair is implanted on the top of the head of the hood. The shape of the top may be round or pointed. It is used together with a “buaku”, an ogre mask, in performances such as “Kubihiki” and “Setsubun”.

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