nanori-dai
   Major characters in kabuki theater enter the action across a raised platform running through the audience and extending from the back of the theater to the stage called a hanimichi. This entrance (de) is one of the performative highlights of the play and has a number of movement and speech conventions associated with it. One of these is the "naming," or nanori, in which the actor stops midway across the hanimichi and announces the name and genealogy of the character he's playing. Eventually the hanimichi was modified to create a playing space for the nanori ; a small platform called the nanori-dai was placed midway across the length of the hanimichi .