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Plays DataBase Mitsuyama (The Three Mountains) : Details StoryDataPhotoStory
 


Schools Hōsho, Kongō, Kanze
Category The Fourth Group Noh (one of the so-called Mad Plays or Miscellaneous)
Author Unknown
Subject Manyoshu” Book 1, Book 16, etc. (‘Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves’, the oldest extant collection of Japanese poems compiled c. 759 during the Nara Period)
Season Spring
Scene Yamato Province (present-day Nara Prefecture), Mount Miminashi
Characters Mae-shite A woman
Nochi-shite Katsurago
Tsure Sakurago
Waki The great Buddhist priest Ryōnin Shōnin
Waki-tsure A low-ranking priest (the play is performed both with and without this character)
Ai A local man
Masks Mae-shite Zo-onna, Fukai, etc.
Nochi-shite Masukami, etc.
Tsure Ko-omote
Costumes Mae-shite Kazura (wig), kazura-obi (a long belt worn by female roles tied long and thinly and extending from the top of the wig like a hachimaki), karaori-kinagashi (a gorgeous lined garment representative of Noh costumes, the karaori is worn by female characters), kitsuke / surihaku (a type of short-sleeved kimono with smaller cuffs / a type of lined short-sleeved kimono, worn as the innermost layer of the costume of a female character), and a fan.
Nochi-shite The nochi-shite is shedding the karaori (one way of wearing a costume; the right sleeve of the karaori is left to drape unworn to the floor; this shows only the surihaku of the upper right side of the garment and is often used for crazed or working women) that the mae-shite was robed in an holds a laurel branch.
Tsure Kazura, kazura-obi, karaori-kinagashi (nugikake – see above), kitsuke / surihaku. Holds a branch of cherry blossoms (sakura).
Waki Sumiboshi (or ‘angled hat’ as worn by monk roles with the top folded into a triangle and the rear draped down the back of the performer), mizugoromo (a widely used long-sleeved garment worn by male and female characters of lesser standing), kitsuke / muji-noshime (a plain-weave, lined short-sleeved kimono worn as the innermost layer of the costumes of male characters of lesser standing), koshiobi, a fan, and juzu (a string of prayer beads joined by a thread to form a circle and attached to a tassel).
Ai Naga-kamishimo (the formal dress of higher-ranking samurai), kitsuke / dan-noshime, kogatana (a small sword), and a fan.
Number of scenes Two
Length About 1 hour and 15 minutes

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