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Han’noh (半能)

Han’noh is an abbreviated style of Noh performance. After the waki enters the stage, the part of the mae-shite is dropped entirely, and the atoshite enters and performs the latter part. Han’noh is often performed as part of shūgen-noh, performed in closing to celebrate a successful day of Noh, with a waki-noh or kiri-noh typically being performed in these instances. Shakkyō, which is often performed as han’noh, is typically performed independently even in the han’noh format. The shorter performance time is intended to accentuate the celebratory nature of the performance.

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