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Plays DataBase Seiōbo (Xiwangmu) : Details StoryDataPhotoStory

Schools All five
Category Waki-noh mono, the first-group Noh
Author Unknown
Subject Unknown
Season Spring (March in the lunar calendar)
Scene The palace of King Mu of the Zhou dynasty in ancient China
Tsukurimono Hikitate-Ōmiya or Ōyatai (a wooden frame with a roof which is supported by four pillars at the corners).
Characters Mae-shite Young Lady (The Transformation of Xiwangmu)
Nochi-shite Xiwangmu, the Queen Mother of the West
Mae-tsure Woman (often does not appear)
Nochi-tsure or child actor Xiwangmu’s attendant
Waki King
Waki-tsure Ministers of His Majesty (two)
Ai Court Official
Masks Mae-shite Zō, Ko-omote, Nakizō
Nochi-shite Nakizō, Ko-omote
Mae-tsure Zō, Ko-omote, Nakizō
Nochi-tsure Ko-omote (no mask is worn if the role is performed by a child actor)
Costumes Mae-shite Kazura (wig), kazura-obi (band for a wig), karaori with scarlet in its pattern (a short-sleeved kimono outer robe worn by female characters), kitsuke / surihaku (short-sleeved kimono, worn as the innermost layer of the costume of a female character), and a branch of a peach tree.
Nochi-shite Kazura and kazura-obi or kuro-tare (a black wig with hair extending slightly below the shoulder), tengan (a crown for celestial beings and court ladies), maiginu in purple or chōken (an unlined, long-sleeved elegant garment worn by dancing female characters), kitsuke / surihaku, hakama in ōkuchi-style (scarlet), koshi-obi (belt) or belt and a sword, and a fan.
Mae-tsure Kazura, kazura-obi, karaori with scarlet in its pattern, kitsuke / surihaku, and a branch of peach tree.
Nochi-tsure or child actor Kazura, kazura-obi, sobatsugi (lined happi-style kimono with no sleeves, worn by warriors or Chinese characters), karaori with scarlet in its pattern, kitsuke / surihaku, and a peach.
Waki Tō-kanmuri (a type of crown worn by gods or Chinese emperors), iro-hachimaki (colored headband), awase-kariginu (a lined long-sleeved style kimono worn by male characters, especially gods and other dignified characters), kitsuke / atsuita karaori (a type of short-sleeved kimono mainly worn by male characters), hakama in ōkuchi-style (white), koshi-obi, and a fan or a Chinese fan.
Waki-tsure Hora-eboshi (eboshi-style headdress worn by stately roles), awase-kariginu, kitsuke / atsuita, hakama in ōkuchi-style (white), koshi-obi, and a fan.
Ai Kanjin-zukin (a type of headdress), sobatsugi, kukuri-bakama (a way of wearing hakama trousers by tucking the bottoms up at the knee with a string), and a pair of gaiters.
Number of scenes Two
Length About 1 hour and 15 minutes

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