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Okina (September 15, 1985. Okina: Nobutaka Konparu; Senzai: Takeshi [now: Mansai] Nomura)
* The character of Okina wears an Okina cap, an Okina kariginu of Hsu-chiang (Zhejiang) brocade, and sashi-nuki trousers, and carries an Okina fan.

Different from Noh and Kyogen, Okina is a performing art patterned after an ancient ritualistic ceremony. It is often performed as part of a Noh program during the New Year season, on holidays, and for special performances, when it comes at the head of the program. Its alternative name is Shiki Sanban ("The Three Rituals"), which refers to the three pieces known as "Chichi-no-jo," "Okina," and "Kyogen Sanba-Sarugaku" (or "Sambaso"). The mask itself is an object of worship, and actors may choose to wear a Chichi-no-jo, Hakushiki-jo, Kokushiki-jo, or Nikushiki-jo mask. It is related to a folk ritual in which an ancient god brought blessings to the people, and was seen as a prayer for many descendants, peace and tranquility in the land, and bountiful harvests. In performances today, the part of Chichi-no-jo is omitted; the role of Okina is played by a Noh actor, and that of Sanbaso by a Kyogen actor.

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