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The Heian Period  
59 - Bugaku court dance costume for "Taiheiraku."
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1 kabuto helmet
2 katakui
3 katakui no tare-nuno
4 kata-ate
5 yoroi armor
6 gyotai
7 gyotai
8 tachi
9 harakui or obikui
10 hirao
11 hirao no tare
12 ketteki no ho
13 ue-no-hakama
14 sune-ate
15 shikai
16 koshi-obi or kintai
17 yanagui
18 koshiobi or kintai no uwade

The scale of "Taiheiraku" is magnificent and the outside looks is brave. In addition, its dignity rises high and it is performed for the most formalvceremony of the state. It is a Chinese style dance and is one of the unclockwise dances. The number of dancers is four. The dress of dancers reminds us of the formal dress of the military man of Tang time of China. The dancer wears a red"ho", a helmet, "keiko" to which the leather of gold leaf are attached, and a big sword. Then he fastens them with "sekitai (=stone belt)." The dancer also wears are stuck to a The dancer also wears "kote (=hand protector)," "sune-ate(=leg protector)," "katakui (=mask)," a strange-looking animal mask on the shoulder, "harakui (=belt)" and big "gyotai" to left side. He carries arrows in "yanagui (=arrow case) " on the back. He dances with a halberd from the predetermined part of the music.