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Male Masks
Chujo; Imawaka; Juroku; Atsumori; Heita; Yorimasa; Shojo; Jido; Doji; Kasshiki; Ayakashi; Taka; Awa otoko; Kagekiyo; Yoroboshi; Semimaru; Kantan otoko; Shunkan; etc.

The number of Male Masks is very large, as they are used to portray any male character who is not an old man; thus, they are divided both by age and character. There are also special masks that are only used for a single role. The Kantan otoko mask is used to portray a young man named Rosei (Lu-sheng), the shite of The Pillow of Han-tan, who is worried about the meaning of life; it is also used by a young god who performs an energetic dance, like the god in the second part of The Twin Pines. The Heita mask is used for the ghost of a warrior troubled with an obsession, as in Yashima. The Doji mask is used for the role of a mysterious, beautiful youth, and is characterized by its falling front locks, it eyes and eyebrows, and, in several examples, its dimples. There are also blind character masks (Kagekiyo, Yoroboshi, Semimaru), which are characterized by extremely small holes gouged in downward looking eyes.

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