Masks and Costumes
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.
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.
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.