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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 folding paper-case for keeping costumes. Made of thick Japanese paper pasted together into larger pieces, it is folded to suit the size of the contents. Persimmon tannin or lacquer is sometimes applied to Tatō-gami as protection against insects and for waterproofing. Descriptions of the contents are often written on the front: the name, when it was made, and the owner's name. Sometimes, the origin and history of the costume are also written on Tatō-gami. Luxurious Noh costumes are often wrapped with cloth (and may be applied with spread floss silk) before being stored in Tatō-gami. They are also called "tatō."


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