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Mae-shite (前シテ)

For the characters to change masks, costumes, etc., they often enter the curtain or go behind the piece of scenery and leave the stage for a moment. This action is called Nakairi. The main character is called Shite, and the Shite before Nakairi is called Mae-shite, and one after Nakairi is called Nochi-shite, respectively. It is a rule that the same actor performs both Mae-shite and Nochi-shite. Sometimes they are pronounced "mae-jite" as well. Tsure, Waki and kyōgen are similarly called when Nakairi is featured.

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