The period of civil strife was subdued by Oda
Nobunaga (1534|82), who was friendly toward the
world of Noh. He was succeeded by Toyotomi Hideyoshi
(1537|98), who was an enthusiastic fan of Noh.
As Hideyoshi was taught by an actor of the Konparu
troupe, he established a system to preserve and
foster the four Yamato Sarugaku troupes, and consolidated
all troupes all over the country into those four
main troupes. In addition, the robes used in Noh
became more sumptuous under the influence of the
gorgeous splendor of the Momoyama culture, the
form of the Noh stage was established\in fact,
the forms of almost all the masks used in Noh
today emerged at that time as well.
In Kyogen, too, large schools based on lineage
formed, and the flexible, improvisational aspect
of the art came to an end. For Noh and Kyogen,
this period was a time of great change.