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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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(梨子打烏帽子)

Headgear used for warriors in military uniforms, etc. “Nashiuchi” was initially called “nayashi-uchi”, a soft Eboshi worn under a helmet. The Nashiuchi-eboshi for Noh plays is varnished with black lacquer and characterized by its slightly backwards-tilted shape when viewed from the side. Roles are sometimes linked to the folding style; in the part of Genji, for example, a hat folded to the actor’s left is used, while in the role of Heishi the hat is folded to the right. A white headband is attached to the rim of the Eboshi and tied back, and braided cords are tied under the chin to secure it to the head. It is made slightly softer than the tate-eboshi, which is not folded at the apex.


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