nanori
   The audience of a kabuki play expects several conventions to be followed. Some of these are movement conventions, and some of these are speech conventions, but most of these conventions are completely absent from European theatrical traditions. One key convention is the nanori, or "naming," which eventually led to a modification of the hanimichi so that it would have special platform, called a nanori-dai, half-way across its distance to provide a conventional playing space for the "naming" speech. In nanori , an actor making his entrance (de) across the hanimichi pauses to face the audience and announces the name and genealogy of the character he's playing. This "naming" speech often gets collapsed into a long declamatory speech (tsurane) major characters often deliver from the hanimichi .