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Kamimai (神舞)

One type of dance in Noh. It is danced by the form of a male god to portray fluid, pure godlike dignity. It is danced in wakino-mono by the atojite in Noh plays such as Takasago, Yumiyawata, Awaji and Yōrō. In Takasago and Yumiyawata there is also a special type of kamimai, or “god dance,” known as the shin no kamimai, or “true god dance.” While they are all danced at a fast tempo, there are differences in each play, and the kogaki (indicated special performances) used for the kamimai of Takasago and Yōrō indicated places to be played at the fastest tempo. It is a taiko-mono performed with instruments including the flute, kotsuzumi, ōtsuzumi and taiko.

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