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Plays DataBase Ama (The Woman Diver) : Details StoryDataPhotoStory
 


Schools All five schools. While the Kanze school uses Chinese characters of ‘Ama (海士)’ for this piece, the other four schools use ‘Ama (海人).’
Category Fifth-group noh, kirinoh-mono
Author Unknown
Subject Allegedly originated by Ingyō-ki in “Nihon Shoki,” “Taishokkan Monogatari” and “Shido-ji Engi,” etc.
Season Spring (February)
Scenes The Nara era
maeba Shido-no-ura Bay, in Sanuki Province
nochiba Shido-ji Temple
Characters Mae-shite Woman Diver
Nochi-shite Dragon Lady
Kokata Minister Fujiwara no Fusazaki
Waki Fusazaki’s retainer
Waki-tsure Fusazaki’s retainers
Ai A local resident of Shido-no-ura Bay
Masks Mae-shite Fukai, Ohmi-onna, or Shakumi
Nochi-shite Deigan, Ryūnyo, or Hashihime (Hosho School)
Costumes Mae-shite kazura, kazura-obi, mizugoromo, kitsuke / surihaku, koshimaki / nuihaku, koshi-obi, and a fan. Holds a sickle and branches of Japanese cedar (seaweed).
Nochi-shite kazura, kazura-obi, kuro-tare (a black wig whose hair extends slightly longer than the shoulder), a dragon’s tiara, maiginu, kitsuke / surihaku, colored ōkuchi, koshi-obi, and a fan. Holds a sutra scroll.
Kokata golden kazaori-eboshi, chōken, kitsuke / nuihaku, white ōkuchi, koshi-obi, and a fan.
Waki tops and bottoms of suō, kitsuke / dan-noshime, a small sword, and a fan.
Waki-tsure Similar to waki.
Number of scenes Two
Length About 1 hour and 30 minutes

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