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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 form of headgear, used by high-ranking characters such as gods, emperors, and nobles. Different types of the elongated "ei (tail)" are positioned behind the crown in line with the role, with civil servants using a curved, hanging tail, and military officers a rolled tail. For a rolled tail, oikake (ornaments knitted with horsetail hair in a fan shape) are attached to the left and right of the crown. The use of Ui-kammuri depends on the performance. A crown with sukibitai (a half-moon shaped instep) is used for a young man who has just become an adult. Sometimes, plants are inserted that are symbolic of the program.

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