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Waki-kyōgen (脇狂言)

A kyōgen play performed after waki-noh (highly celebrative Noh plays) in the formal performing style "Goban Date.” It is characterized by an emphasis on auspiciousness. The plays are classified into several types, according to the leading characters: "Aso" and "Suehirokari" feature "Kahōmono" (lucky men); "Takara-no-tsuchi" and "Takara-no-kasa" feature "Tarō Kaja" (servants); "Ebisu-Bishamon" and "Ebisu-Daikoku" feature deities; and "Sannin-bu", "Sannin-chōja" and "Konbu-gaki" feature farmers. Most plays close with happy endings: such as "warai-dome," with a big belly laugh; "shagiri-dome," with music; or "utai-dome," with vocals.

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