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Mio-naosu (身ヲ直ス)

A movement form in Noh and Kyōgen acting: to return a body that has turned in a specific direction. It is not a simple return but has the nuance of returning to the original place. Because Noh attempts to express complex inner life in simple movements, multiple acting terms are used for seemingly identical movements. Depending on the school, a simple change of stage direction can be expressed in various ways, including “muku”, “Ukeru”, “Hazusu”, “mio-kaeru” and “Mio-naosu”. The terms described in the esoteric books are rich in suggestions, and the performers need to read and understand them.

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