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The main figure in Utô, as depicted in a 1920s print by Tsukioka Kôgyô
  • Japanese: 善知鳥 (Utou)

Utô is a Noh play about a fisherman who hunted utô birds (known as rhinoceros auklets in English), and who is now tormented by giant birds in the afterlife, as a result of the Buddhist laws against killing other beings. A significant portion of the play is taken up by the ghost's relating of his tale.


  • Gallery labels, "Tsukioka Kôgyo: Selected works from the series 'One Hundred Noh Plays,'" Santa Barbara Museum of Art, February 2014.