Masks and Costumes

Fans

The fans carried by actors are used not only to produce glamor and elegance; they are also small props that are important for the performance.

Noh Fans

Many performers appear on the stage holding a fan. Fans are not only used when dancing; they are also small props used to indicate items such as a musical instrument or sake cup and are important for the performance. The patterns displayed on the fans have set rules according to the role.

Okina fan

Okina fan

Used by the main character in “Okina”

Warrior fan

Warrior fan

Usually used by military commanders who have fallen into shura (the realm of warring hell)

Red fan with women

Red fan with women

Used in plays where a celestial maiden or young woman is the main character

Kyogen Fans

Actors in Kyogen also carry fans. Compared to Noh, there are not as many detailed rules. The actors choose the patterns and other details based on the performance style. On stage, fans are also used as small props during the actors’ performance to indicate objects such as a cup, chopsticks for eating, knife, or writing brush.