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Oni Mono (鬼物)

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 ki that is performed fifth after kurui mono, oni being an alternative pronunciation of ki. Congratulatory sequences celebrating the end of a day of Noh performance and flowery stories of the demon being driven away are common. The inclusion of the Ōtsuzumi, or “large drum” to these sequences adds the element of tempo. Oni mono is also known as gobanme mono, or “fifth-group plays,” and kiri-noh mono.

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