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In Photos: Japan's ancient football game played in colorful robes at Kyoto shrine

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A member of the "kemari" preservation group Shukiku Hozonkai accepts the ball used in the ancient football game along with a pine tree branch from a priestess during a New Year event at Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto's Sakyo Ward on Jan. 4, 2022. (Mainichi/Kazuki Yamazaki)

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