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Jōza (常座)

Term indicating an area of the stage. Within the three-section, rectangular main stage surrounded by four pillars and divided into three sections and nine subsections, the jōza is the far-left side when facing the stage. The shite often stands here, and it is an important location for both the performance and viewing of Noh. As the performers will often introduce themselves, known as the nanori, or “name-saying,” and offer explanations of the play from this area, it is also called the nanoriza.

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