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Mete (馬手)

Refers to the right hand that takes a horse’s reins. Also refers to the right side. The antonym is “yunde”, which refers to the left hand that holds a bow. It is pronounced “yun-de”, a phonetic variant of “yumite (a hand with a bow). In the Noh play “Kumasaka”, the reciters say, “Shisatte hikeba mete e kosu o, ottori naoshite chōto kireba ...” (Kumasaka pulled back to fight, but Ushiwaka swerved to the right and avoided him; Kumasaka was repositioning his grip on the long-handled sword and slashing forward ...) The terms are sometimes used in kyōgen plays.

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