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Daishō-mae (大小前)

One of the names that indicates a position on the stage. When the main stage of 5.4 meters (3 kens) square surrounded by four pillars is divided into nine squares, each of which makes three equal parts vertically and horizontally, the centre-back of the stage is called Daishō-mae (literally, in front of large and small ones). The name comes from the fact that this is in front of the large and small tabors. Since it is directly in front of the audience, it is essential for both acting and viewing.

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