HIKIMAKU

The hikimaku is the Kabuki stage curtain, which is manually pulled across the stage from right to left by a stage assistant at the opening of a play. The curtain pattern is a set of three vertical stripes, whose color were fixed during the Edo period for each theater. These colors are still used nowadays:

Picture Colors Theaters
White (shiro)
Yellowish Persimmon Brown (kaki)
Black (kuro)
Nakamuraza
Heisei Nakamuraza
Black (kuro)
Yellowish Persimmon Brown (kaki)
Sprout Green (moegi)
Moritaza
Kabukiza
Sh˘chikuza
Minamiza
Hakataza
Black (kuro)
Sprout Green (moegi)
Yellowish Persimmon Brown (kaki)
Ichimuraza
National Theatre
Asakusa K˘kaid˘
Shinkabukiza
Nihonbashi Gekij˘

The pulling of the hikimaku by an actor

 
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