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Sanjū-dana (三重棚)

A piece of scenery used as a prayer shelf. It is used only in the Noh play “Kanawa”. At the four corners of the upper part of the shelf, small nusa (a sacred Shinto staff with pendant strips of cut paper) is set up to form a barrier, and a samurai Eboshi and wig are placed on the top of the shelf to represent the husband and the second wife. A nusa is placed in the lower section and used in combination with the ichijō-dai platform. As with conventional scenery, the framework is made of bamboo and often wrapped with white bandage-like cloths, but the shelves are staggered with striped fabric to create a different look. The colour scheme of the nusa at the four upper corners varies according to the school.

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