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Tesarugaku (手猿楽)

Noh was formed in great part in the Muromachi period by the artisans who made a living performing the traditional yamato sarugaku of the time, and as it flourished, amateur performers with livelihoods outside of Noh began to appear. There were also some who made money performing Noh that weren’t necessarily professional artists. Groups of performers made up of amateurs and the stages they played were known as tesarugaku. Among these, some even outperformed dedicated professional actors, including perhaps most notably Shimotsuma Shōshin (1551-1616), a Buddhist priest of the Honganji temple said to be an expert performer of the Konparu School style.

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