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Mugen Noh (夢幻能)

One classification of Noh. Mugen Noh refers to an entire play made up of a dream or illusion seen by the waki. In many stories, the shite (main actor) is a god, ghost or spirit or other unreal being that recalls the past to the waki visiting the place where the shite’s spirit resides. Mugen Noh includes the most distinct theatrical elements of Noh, and the category includes representative Noh plays such as Takasago, Izutsu and Matsukaze. The Noh master Zeami wrote many wonderful Mugen Noh plays, and he is credited as having established the form. Noh plays that deal with events in the real world are known as Genzai Noh, or “current Noh.”

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