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Katariai (語リ間)

Aikyōgen refers to when kyōgenkata appear in Noh plays, and the portion of dialogue that connects the first and second half of a Noh play is known as the katariai, or dialogue. The shite sits in the middle of the main stage to tell the story that surrounds him. The katariai is also known as the aikatari or ikatari, and can be seen in many Noh plays.

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