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Rōsoku Noh (蠟燭能)

Noh performed by candlelight (“rōsoku” meaning “candle” in Japanese). Many candlesticks are placed around the stage, on which Japanese candles are lit. White Japanese paper is then placed behind the candles so the light reflects toward the stage. The shape of the handmade Japanese candles itself is beautiful; they produce quite a bit of light from the large size of the flames, and the wavering of the flames adds a deep quality to the atmosphere of the stage. If takigi Noh, performed outside to the light of bonfires is considered a dynamic form of Noh, then rōsoku Noh has a more quiet feeling, and is often performed inside in Noh theatres.

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