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Katsura Mono/Kazura Mono (鬘物)

In the official five-play style of performance of the Edo era, shin nan nyo kyō ki (deity, man, woman, madness, and demon), this is the sequence corresponding to nyo that is performed third after shura mono. Many sequences include the appearance of a beautiful woman or celestial being of an ethereal quality and elegantly styled dance. Katsura mono is also known as sanbanme mono, or “third-group plays,” and includes sequences with elegant male aristocracy and the spirits of ancient trees appearing in divine form as main characters.

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