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 sū, 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.