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Kokata (子方)

Roles played by children in Noh that include the entrance of the shitekata. There are two types of kokata, one in which children play the role of children, such as Ushi Wakamaru in Kurama Tengu and Umewakamaru in Sumidagawa River, and one in which adult roles are played by children such as Yoshitsune in Funabenkei. While kokata also play the roles of children in kyōgen in plays such as Kanazu Jizō and Ushi Nusubito, and as the monkey in Utsubo Zaru, they do not play the roles of adults as in Noh. Although the kokata of Noh do not wear masks, in kyōgen they may wear masks depending on the role.

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