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Senzainomai (千歳ノ舞)

In Okina (Shiki Sanban), a play that prays for peace and security of the nation, this is the dance of the character Senzai. It is danced as a prelude to the Okina. It is a bright and refreshing dance made up of two steps, uses a distinctive three-beat rhythm, three kotsuzumi and one flute. In the uegakari schools such as Kanze and Hōshō, the role of Senzai is played by a shitekata, and in the Shimogakari schools such as Konparu, Kongoh and Kita, it is played by a Kyōgenkata. When the Kyōgenkata plays Senzai, the role of the Menbakomochi accompanies him.

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