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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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(竿)

It is a prop used in Noh and Kyōgen. The material used is bamboo, and the beautiful parts of the appropriate type of bamboo are selected and used. Sao used on stage varies as follows: the fishing pole held by the fisherman in “Hagoromo” and by the fisherman in “Yashima”; the oar pole (misao, minare-zao) handled by the village woman performed by the leading actor in Part One in “Tamakazura” and the boatman in “Funabenkei”; the bird pole held by the retainer of Umewakadono performed by the leading actor in the Kyōgen play “Uguisu”; the bamboo pole used to carry the load in the Kyōgen play “Fumininai”. The curtain separating the dressing room from the stage has two bamboo poles attached to two bottom corners, taking two people to lift the curtain.


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