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Hashigakari (橋掛り)

The hashigakari is the name for the bridge-like section connecting the main stage protruding into the kensho and connecting the stage with kagami no ma. It is not just a walkway, but is also used for example as the metaphorical pathway between the “spirit world,” represented by the offstage area, and the “temporal world,” represented by the main stage. There are large, mid-sized and small pine trees planted in descending order from the main stage to the curtain, known respectively as the first, second and third pines. The pine trees are important parts of the production, with performances often taking place in from of them.

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