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Obitori-no-o (帯取の緒)

The samurai wore a sword with a leather strap attached to the metal hanging fittings of the scabbard. The strap was then wrapped around the waist. This leather strap is called “obitori-no-o” (or obitori). The strap passed through the Obitori-no-o and wrapped around the waist is called “tachi-no-o” (or obitori-no-o). When wearing a sword in a Noh or Kyōgen play, actors do not use a leather cord but a flat, tightly braided line (often in kikkōgumi or in hexagonal patterns) connected directly to the sheath and wrapped around the waist to secure the sword. This line is called “Tachihimo”.

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