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The basic Kanto Performances
流し NAGASHI - THE HANDING OVER
The Kanto is supported in a way that the next performer has the advantage of receiving and managing it. Two assistants lift the Kanto, then it is risen with the dominant arm, and the next performer places the extension poles. After lifting it still higher the performer makes sure that the whole composition stands still on his palm. Then, while holding out the position, the gripped pole is slid down 15 to 20 centimeters.
平手 HIRATE - THE PALM
This basic performance technique of Kanto, lifted high above the head on a palm shows the powerfulness and dynamism of the Kanto at its most! The performer waits until the Kanto is completely handed to him, and then balances it to standstill. After adding two extension poles, the Kanto is placed on the palm and balanced to standstill again. At the end, the gripped pole is slid down and handed over to the next performer with a reserve of balance.
額 HITAI - THE FOREHEAD
The performance technique that shows the weight of the Kanto only by the sight of the exertion of the performer's scruff. The Kanto is received with the dominant arm of the performer, lifted over the head and slowly slid down on the forehead. When the composition has reached the standstill, both arms are stretched to the sides and performer reassures the balance.
肩 KATA - THE SHOULDER
This performance technique is the simplest to manage and the easiest to learn. The Kanto is received with the dominant arm and balanced on the palm. Without bending the arm holding the Kanto, it is slid down until reaches the shoulder. The dominant arm then is stretched out and together with the opposite leg placed in a straight line. When handed over, the Kanto is held with only one hand.
腰 KOSHI - THE LOWER BACK
This technique is very loud and requires quite a time of practicing. The Kanto is received with the dominant arm, lifted and balanced on the palm. The gripped pole is slid down to the lower back, while the upper part of the body is leaned well on one side. The performer assures the balance with broadly open legs.