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Ashibyōshi (足拍子)

One of the forms in Noh and kyōgen. Ashibyōshi, or “foot rhythm,” is stepping on the floor of the stage to create a rhythm. There may be “one,” “two” or “four” ashibyōshi depending on the number of steps, and when there are several steps, it is known as , or “numerous” ashibyōshi. This form is extremely important as the simple act of stepping on the floor can express a range of motions and moods. This is why the ancient Noh stages had clay pots under the stage to enhance the sound of the ashibyōshi.

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