jitsu wa


   Kabuki inherits from Noh theater an interest in portraying the transformation of characters through visual means. In Noh theater, this means changing costumes and masks backstage; in kabuki theater, this almost always means using some stage trick to transform the appearance of the actor right in front of the audience's eyes. This transformation can signify many things, for instance, a change in the character's status or emotions. Very often, the stage transformation of a character's appearance is meant to reveal their true nature which up until that point has been hidden. This type of transformation, in which a character's true self or identity is revealed, is called jitsu wa, which means "in reality."