Plays DataBaseTakasago : Details

Category waki-noh mono, kaminoh-mono, the first-group Noh
Author Zeami
Subject Based on the medieval interpretation of a phrase in the preface of the Kokinshū. Especially the influence of the interpretation of “Kokin Wakashū Jo-kikigaki (Sanryūshō)” is recognized.
Season Spring (February)
Scenes Maeba (first half of the drama) Takasago Bay in Harima Province, at dusk in spring.
Nochiba (second half of the drama) Sumiyoshi in Settsu Province, in the middle of the night on the same day.
Characters Mae-shite (first half lead part) Old man living in Sumiyoshi
Nochi-shite (first half lead part) Deity of Sumiyoshi
Tsure (companion of shite) Old man’s aged wife, living in Takasago
Waki (supporting cast) Tomonari, a Shinto priest of Aso Shrine
Waki-tsure (companion of waki) Retainers of Tomonari (two or four)
Ai (interluding cast) a villager living near Takasago Bay
Masks Mae-shite Koushi-jō, Ko-jō
Nochi-shite Kantan-otoko
Tsure Uba
Costumes Mae-shite jō-kami (wig for old man’s character), mizugoromo (a type of knee-length kimono), kitsuke / kogōshi-atsuita (thickly-woven kimono with small check pattern), shiro-ōkuchi (a type of hakama (Japanese trousers) that is white), and koshi-obi (belt). Holding sarae (a rake held by Takasago’s shite) or sugi-houki (broom of cedar).
Nochi-shite kuro-tare (a black wig whose hair extends slightly longer than the shoulder), suki-kanmuri (a crown for male deity performing a divine dance), a headband with color, awase-kariginu (lined kariginu-style kimono), kitsuke / iroiri-atsuita (thickly-woven kimono, partially including scarlet color in the pattern), shiro-ōkuchi, koshi-obi, and a fan.
Tsure uba-gami (a wig for old woman’s character), kazura-obi (belt for a wig), mizugoromo, karaori (outer robes) / ironashi-atsuita (thickly-woven kimono, with no scarlet color in the pattern), and kitsuke / surihaku. In some schools, the actor holds a sugi-houki.
Waki daijin-eboshi (eboshi-style headdress worn by ministers), awase-kariginu, kitsuke / atsuita, white ōkuchi, koshi-obi, and a fan.
Waki-tsure Similar to waki.
Number of scenes two
Length About 1 hour and 30 minutes

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