Most viewed - Kemari Hajime at Shimogamo Shrine 下鴨神社 蹴鞠初め
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Way to Shimogamo Shrine.140 views
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Kemari Hajime at Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto90 views
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Kemari Hajime at Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto90 views
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It's quite hard to get good still shots. I had better luck with video.64 views
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US President George H.W. Bush, during a visit to Japan in Jan. 1992, tried to play kemari as if it were soccer. That embarrassment was overshadowed by him vomiting on the Prime Minister during a banquet.63 views
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It was an interesting and colorful event.63 views
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The ball falls off the roof after it was kicked way too high.60 views
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The white kemari ball is made of deer skin.41 views
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Shimogamo Shrine map.40 views
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But I got a good view from my free seat.40 views
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The kemari players include women. Kemari originated in China.39 views
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Besides free seating, they provide paid spectator seating in the two pavilions on the right and left. 2000 yen per seat.39 views
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On Jan. 4, Kemari hajime at Shimogamo Shrine starts at 1:30 pm. Free seating is provided, but getting there early assures you of a better view if you want to take pictures.37 views
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Kemari is held at other shrines at other times of the year.37 views
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Shrine priests watching kemari.37 views
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Shimogamo Shrine torii36 views
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The object of kemari is to keep the ball in the air. And whoever kicks the ball, must make it easy for the next person to kick it. But this is hard to do.36 views
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The ball sometimes bounce into the crowd.36 views
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Sometimes the ball went way up, and once it went up on the roof. These players weren't so skilled in my opinion.34 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.34 views
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Female kemari player.34 views
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Shimogamo Shrine is most famous for holding the annual Aoi Matsuri Festival.33 views
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The game is preceded by a ceremony. 33 views
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They had a break and the players changed.31 views
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