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Ichijōdai (一畳台)

One type of prop that is brought out and left on stage. The platform, or dai, is made of wood and is around as big as one – traditional Japanese unit of area measurement that gives the prop its name – and around seven sun high (around 20cm). It is brought on stage with a daikake, or “platform cover.” There are round holes in the four corners of the ichijōdai into which poles are placed to create larger props such as palaces or straw-thatched huts, with branches of either peonies or cherry trees used to give the appearance of blooming flowers.

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