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Plays DataBase Obasute (The Abandoned Old Woman) : Details StoryDataPhotoStory
 


Schools All five. The title is written 姨捨 (in Chinese characters) in the Kanze, Hōsho, and Kongoh schools, while it is written 伯母捨 in the Komparu and Kita schools.
Category The Third Group Noh, Rōjo-mono.
Author Zeami
Subject Kokin Wakashū (Collection of Japanese Poems of Ancient and Modern Times), Yamato Monogatari (Tales of Yamato), Konjaku Monogatari (Anthology of Tales from the Past), and Toshiyori Zuinō (The Poetic Genius of Toshiyori), etc.
Season Autumn, on the day of the harvest moon (August 15 in the lunar calendar)
Scene Mount Obasute in Shinano Province
Characters Mae-shite Local woman
Nochi-shiteOld woman
Waki Man from Kyoto
Wakitsure Attendants (or Companions) (two)
Ai Local man
MasksMae-shiteFukai, Shakumi, Rōjo
Nochi-shite Rōjo, Uba, Yase-onna
CostumesMae-shiteKazura (wig), kazura-obi (band for a wig), karaori-ironashi (a short-sleeved outer kimono worn by female characters, with no scarlet in the pattern), kitsuke / surihaku (short-sleeved kimono, worn as the innermost layer of the costume of a female character), and a fan.
Nochi-shite Ubakatsura (a wig for an old woman’s character), kazura-obi, chōken (an unlined, long-sleeved elegant garment worn by dancing female characters), kitsuke / surihaku, hakama in ōkuchi-style (scarlet or white), koshi-obi (belt), and a fan [and holding a cane].
Waki Tops and bottoms of suō (a long-sleeved unlined hemp kimono with matching top and bottom worn by male characters), kitsuke / dan-noshime (short-sleeved kimono with very wide stripes, worn as the innermost layer of the costumes of male characters of lesser standing), [hakama in ōkuchi-style], a small sword, [a sedge rain hat], and a fan. Alternatively, kake-suō (tops of suō), kitsuke / dan-noshime, hakama in ōkuchi-style, a small sword, a sedge rain hat, and a fan.
Wakitsure Tops and bottoms of suō (a long-sleeved unlined hemp kimono with matching top and bottom worn by male characters), kitsuke / dan-noshime (short-sleeved kimono with very wide stripes, worn as the innermost layer of the costumes of male characters of lesser standing), [hakama in ōkuchi-style], a small sword, [a sedge rain hat], and a fan. Alternatively, kake-suō (tops of suō), kitsuke / dan-noshime, hakama in ōkuchi-style, a small sword, a sedge rain hat, and a fan.
AiKyōgen-kamishimo (tops and bottoms of kimono for kyōgen-kata), kitsuke / dan-noshime, a small sword, and a fan.
Number of scenes Two
Length About two hours

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