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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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The samurai wore a sword with a leather strap attached to the metal hanging fittings of the scabbard. The strap was then wrapped around the waist. This leather strap is called “obitori-no-o” (or obitori). The strap passed through the Obitori-no-o and wrapped around the waist is called “tachi-no-o” (or obitori-no-o). When wearing a sword in a Noh or Kyōgen play, actors do not use a leather cord but a flat, tightly braided line (often in kikkōgumi or in hexagonal patterns) connected directly to the sheath and wrapped around the waist to secure the sword. This line is called “Tachihimo”.


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