KEMARI, an ancient Japanese style of soccer, is more difficult than it looks.


KEMARI is a sport enjoyed by the aristocracy of old Japan, in which players dressed in elegant costumes kick a ball.

The rules of the game are similar to those of hacky sack (footbag), but more complex.

The level of technical difficulty is higher than that of football (soccer) lifting.

The following is an explanation of the regulations for KEMARI.


What is KEMARI?

KEMARI(蹴鞠)…called “kemari” or “shukiku”.

It originated in China around 300 BC.
*FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) recognized it as the birthplece of soccer in 2004.

It was introduced to Japan with Buddhism and became popular as a game among court nobles in the Heian period (794-1185). Later, it spread to samurai and common people.

Even today, it is passed down as a votive ritual at some shrines.

▼”Kemari Hajime” held at Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto on New Year’s Day this year(SANKEI NEWS)

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