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Gasshō (合掌)

A style of Noh and Kyōgen acting, performed when revering or mourning an object. Both arms are held out in front of the chest with elbows extended slightly. The fingertips of the open hands are placed together. If a fan or other object is in the hand, the tip is folded back toward the elbow. A similar form, “tappai”, is an expression of worship and respect, with both elbows extended tightly and clasped hands held high together in front of the forehead. Performed at the beginning of Kagura and Otoko-mai dances and after waki introduce themselves.

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