nezumi kido


   The original kabuki theaters in the major urban ukiyo districts borrowed much of their architecture from the Noh theater. In order to prevent patrons from sneaking in without buying a ticket, the classical Noh theater built incredibly small entrances to the theater called the "mouse entrance" (nezumi kido). With a low top and a high bottom, patrons had to step high and bend low to get in; such an entrance gave the theater a slight demimonde tinge to it. Samurai, who shouldn't be frequenting such playhouses, would often be seen ducking through the nezumi kido with a straw hat slung low over their face.