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Kiridoguchi (切戸口)

The kiridoguchi is a small door to the right when facing the stage in the corner of the waki no kagami ita, where the wakatake, or “young bamboo,” is planted. It is a sliding door so small the actors must crouch to pass through. In addition to being a door for the koken and jiutai, it allows actors who have completed their parts to exit without standing out. The kiridoguchi is also used to enter and exit the stage for shortened performances such as shimai and ibayashi. It is also known as the okubyōguchi, or “door of cowardice,” and the wasureguchi, or “forgotten door.”

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