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Sashikomi (サシコミ)

A movement form in Noh and Kyōgen acting: the actor steps forward a few feet while making a “sashi” motion pointing forward a fan or hand. The form is frequently used, either pointing to something specific or without a particular target. Sashikomi is often followed by the “hirakikata, in which the actor steps back a few feet while opening his arms to the side of his body, then pulls his open arms back to his body. It is also called “shikake” in some schools.

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