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Yunde (弓手)

Refers to the left hand that holds a bow. Also refers to the left side. The word is pronounced “yun-de”, a phonetic variant of “yumite (a hand with a bow)”. The antonym is “mete”, which refers to the right hand that takes a horse’s reins. In the Noh play “Tomoe”, the reciters say, “Usugōri no fukada ni kakekomi yunde mo mete mo abumi wa shizunde oritatan tayori mo nakute.” (He and his horse ran into a deep muddy field covered with thin ice; but his armour sank in the mud on both the left and the right sides, and he could not reach the firm ground.) The terms are sometimes used in kyōgen plays.

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