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Michiyuki

is the term for a journey scene in Japanese theatre, which shows the characters dancing or conversing while travelling.

The term michiyuki in its generic sense of michi wo yuku "to go on a road" is used in lyrical descriptions of journeys from the 8th century. It was also a term for the music in bugaku dances of the Heian period, played while a dancer was moving onto the stage. As a technical term in Noh and Kabuki theatre, michiyuki is used from the 16th century.

In Noh, the michiyuki customarily takes the function of a prologue, the characters introducing the play while travelling to the location where the main action will take place. In Kabuki, by contrast, the michiyuki often takes place in the last act. The michiyuki is performed by the travelling characters moving about in a steady pace either on the main stage or on the hanamichi (a walkway or "corridor" attached to the main stage).

Michiyuki (disambiguation)

Michiyuki 道行 is a Japanese term for " travel, journey". The word is obsolete or archaic, the common term for "travel, trip journey" being 旅tabi. However, michiyuki "travel" remains in use in certain specialized, traditional contexts:

  • Michiyuki-bun, i.e. travel scenes in traditional Japanese theatre, dance and literature
  • the Stations of the Cross in Christian tradition
  • a traditional overcoat worn for travelling, matching the kimono
  • Elopement or bride kidnapping