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Kagami Ita (鏡板)

The lining board of the front of the Noh stage, with a large, old pine tree (oimatsu) painted on it. The wood is said to be “Yōgō no Matsu (Pine)” from the Kasuga Taisha temple in Nara Prefecture, and legend has it the Shinto god Kasuga Daimyōjin once performed on these same planks. Gods are thought to descend from heaven and reside in the Yōgō no Matsu, which is used as a subject of worship. There is also a lining board to the right of the kagami ita, on which many bamboo shoots are painted, which is also called the waki no kagami ita.

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