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Rusumoyō (留守模様)

A technique used to evoke associations with classic literature such as The Tale of Genji or famous Noh/Kyogen plays through symbolic backgrounds or the design of objects and props, rather than directly depicting characters from such masterpieces. A wide education is required to understand rusumoyō, and it was especially celebrated in the lacquerware that coloured the lives of the upper classes. Many Noh plays are based on The Tale of Genji, and the technique can often be seen in the karaori (outer robes) and other pieces used by the shite actors.

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