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Nakairi (中入り)

Nakairi refers to when the performers step behind the curtain or set between the first and second half of a play to changes masks or costumes. The shite most often performs the nakairi, although in certain plays it is also performed by the wakior tsure. In aikyōgen, a story about the play is often told during the nakairi. Nakairi also appear in select kyōgenplays.

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