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kyogen

[kee-oh-gen; Japanese kyaw-gen] /kiˈoʊ gɛn; Japanese ˈkyɔ gɛn/
noun
1.
a brief Japanese play performed between Nō plays to provide comic relief.
Origin
< Japanese kyōgen, equivalent to kyō- mad + -gen talk (< Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese kuángyán boast)
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brief farce or comic interlude played during a Japanese No (lyric drama) cycle, expressed in the vernacular of the second half of the 16th century. Its effect is to relieve the tension of the drama. It is performed in ordinary dress and without masks (unless these are used in parody). There are normally four kyogen interspersed among the usual five No pieces.

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