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Kagami-ōgi (鏡扇)

A form in Noh and Kyōgen acting. The actor pinches the pivot of the fan with his right hand and gently turns it from the right side of his body to bring it vertically in front of him. The movement is called Kagami-ōgi (fan symbolising a mirror) because the fan is placed in front of the actor like a mirror to reflect his face. The actor often then pulls the fan upwards to proceed to the next action. If the actor attaches importance to the position in front of the face, the movement may be classified kagami-ōgi. If the movement of pulling the fan up is considered more important, it may be classified age-ōgi (a fan pulled up). Although movements of the same type are made, the name used depends on the school, producing a subtle difference in expression.

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