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Waki-kyōgen (脇狂言)

One of the classifications of kyōgen plays. In the official Goban Date (five-play) program style established in the Edo era, a kyōgen play following waki-noh is performed after the ritual play "Okina." It is important for such plays to use words full of happiness and congratulations. Productions include plays featuring gods, such as "Fukunokami," "Ebisu-Daikoku" and "Ebisu-Bishamon"; those featuring kahōmono (lucky men) leading characters, such as "Suehirogari," "Asō" and "Haridako"; those featuring farmers who succeed in paying land tax, such as "Mochi-sake" and "Sado-gitsune"; and those based on the joy of establishing a new market, such as "Nabe-yatsubachi."

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