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Michiyuki (道行)

The michiyuki, or “travel song” is the shōdan describing the character’s travels. The vocals often include the place name and description of the setting as well as the events of the journey. The michiyuki is most often sung by the waki after the nanori, however as in the case of Semimaru, certain plays include an important dance by the shite in unison with the jiutai. In kyōgen, journeys and excursions are known as michiyuki, with the performers usually reciting lines while circling the stage. After the michiyuki, a line is included to indicate the character’s arrival at their destination, which is known as the tsuki-zerifu, or “arrival line.”

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