Shrine rings in New Year with traditional game

Each New Year, the Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto puts on a show of the ancient game "Kemari Hajime." Dating back more than 1,400 years, the game was introduced to Japan from China and was originally played by members of the noble class. The ball, or 'mari', is made of deer skin and is lighter than a soccer ball. There is no winning or losing but there are some rules: players cannot let the ball bounce and are only allowed to use their right foot.

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