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Shushi-hashiri (呪師走り)

A type of performing arts frequently staged after Buddhist services at major temples in the Heian and Kamakura eras. With performers who were involved in temples, it was regarded as a type of sarugaku. Performances were glamorous and speedy, with music and dance, but the details are unclear. "Shiki-sanban" (or Okina), which is classified in Noh but not a genuine Noh play, is a traditional performing art handed down in the mainstream of sarugaku and actively performed today that apparently inherits the art of shushi-hashiri. The special type of Okina performed during torchlight Noh at Kohfukuji in Nara is called "Okina of Shushi-hashiri" and is regarded as particularly sacred.

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