On January 4, 2024, the New Year's annual ''Kemari Hajime'' was held at Shimogamo Shrine in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. In the sunny precincts of the shrine, ''mariashi'' dressed in colorful costumes gracefully kicked up their balls, entertaining the eyes of the large number of worshipers.

Articles are excerpts from reports and news in the Kyoto Shimbun. Due to automatic translation, some expressions may not be accurate.