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Honbutai (本舞台)

The center of the performance on a Noh stage. The honbutai, or “main stage,” faces the kensho (seating area), touches a four-sided area created by four pillars, or hashira (shite-bashira, metsuke-bashira, waki-bashira and fue-bashira), and is made of vertically laid floor planks. The honbutai may also be graded slightly from upstage moving forward toward the audience. The area between the kagami ita on which the oimatsu, or “old pine tree” is painted and the honbutai is known as the atoza, the area in which the hayashikata and kōken are located. The area adjacent to the right facing the stage is called the jiutaiza, the area where the jiutai take their seats.

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