Kemari ball game held at a Nara shrine www3.nhk.or.jp

posted by  Tanuki | 11 months ago in Art & Culture

An ancient ball game known as "kemari" was staged at a major shrine in Nara. The event held at Kasugataisha shrine is named "Manyo-kemari".

A non-profit organization working to preserve Nara's culture came up with the idea, based on kemari practiced in the Asuka and Nara periods of 7th and 8th centuries.

The game was played in a field at the shrine compound by 4 teams of about 40 people, including junior high school students of a local soccer club and NPO staff. The participants donned ancient costumes.

0 | #13021 by  Yubi | 10 months, 4 weeks ago
Nara has got various festivals for you to see all year round. A small city with so many things to see, one could live there a couple of years and still miss some of the big events.

0 | #13051 by  BarbaraEbara | 10 months, 2 weeks ago
I actually heard that from several people before. I like that they celebrate a lot though. Group celebration brings so much joy to people and I think we can all stand to see a bit more friendly faces these days!