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Hōshō School (宝生流)

One of Noh’s shitekata schools. The founder is said to be either the son or brother of Kan’ami Kiyotsugu, Ren’ami Shigefusa (? – 1468), but this is not known for sure. The Kanze School performed Noh as part of the Yamato Sarugaku Tobiza that performed Shikisanban(Okina) as part of the religious sarugaku at the Tōnomine Temple and Kasugasha Kōfukuji Temple. The Hōshō School had a blood relationship to the Kanze School was since the Muromachi era, and because the schools have similar styles, they are collectively known as kamigakari(the Konparu, Kongoh and Kita Schools are known as shimogakari). When Noh became sarugaku in the Edo era, the Hōshō School occupied a place after the Kanze and Konparu schools, but became the main school through the love of the Shoguns Tokugawa Tsunayoshi and Ienari. In 1848, Tomoyuki Dayū held the last large Kanjin Noh performance outside the Kanda Sujikai Bridge. Due to the stately, sound nature of the performance and the beauty of the delicately performed utai, it is also known as Utai Hōshō. There is also a wakikata Hōshō School, which is called either the Shimogakari Hōshō School (Shimo Hōshō) or Waki Hōshō, after its founder Shundō Gonshichi (? – 1692) of the wakikata Shundō School belonging to the Konparu School.

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