Other props

Many props are worn on the body, such as eboshi (ceremonial headwear for men), kasa (a hat), katsugi (clothing) and shishi-gashira (lion head.)

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Eboshi is a type of headwear originally worn by men who passed the genpuku (coming of age) ceremony. There are several kinds of eboshi, such as tachi-eboshi (as used in “Shiokumi”), Kensaki-eboshi with a sharp top (as used in “Sanbasō”), as well as Samurai-eboshi and Kazaori-eboshi.

Kasa is a broad-rimmed hat used to protect from rain, snow or direct sunlight. There are also various types of kasa . Kasa is often used in michiyuki (travel pieces). For example, Shizuka Gozen holds Ichime-gasa and Tadanobu is holds Ichimonji-gasa in “Yoshinoyama” and the shirabyōshi (female dancer) Hanako wears a momi silk hat, holding furidashi-gasa (three connected kasa) in “Musume Dōjōji.”

Katsugi is a kind of kimono-shaped sheer clothing that women wear from their heads. Typically it is worn by noble women but sometimes used by kijo (female devils) such as Sarashina Hime in “Momoji Gari” and Shujo (an ugly woman) in “Tsuri Onna.”

In general, the lion head used in lion dances is called shishi-gashira. It may be worn on the head as in “Echigo Jishi” or held in the hands as in “Kagami Jishi.”

Other props include kakko, kaishi, aibiki etc. Kakko is a percussion instrument wrapped around the waist, as seen in “Asazumabune” and “Kagami Jishi.” Kaishi is a Japanese paper tucked into the breast of the kimono by yūjo (courtesans). Aibiki is a kind of chair that is designed to make the figure look better, as used in “Seki no to.”

There are also large–scale props such as nuigurumi, such as the mouse costume in “Tobae” and kago (palanquin) as used in “Modorikago”.

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