Props in Kabuki Dance
In Kabuki Buyō, kōdōgu (props) are one of the important elements supporting role types and dramatic impact. In general, props are distinguished from ōdōgu (set and scenery) on the basis that movable things and things that performers wear or have in their hands are defined as props, while things that are anchored on the stage are defined as set and scenery. There is a wide variety of props, including umbrellas, tenugui (hand-cloths) and swords. Among them, the sensu (folding fan) is an essential prop and is often used in suodori, in which costumes and stages, as well as props, are simplified.