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Traditional Japanese Matsumoto handballs

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Matsumoto-temari are folkcraft balls decorated with yarn, made in the city of Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. The balls are decorated using scraps of yarn from weaving to create various designs. In the past, the balls were used as childrens o-tedama (beanbags), but then a way was found to make them bounce, and henceforth they became temari (handballs). Nowadays some of the balls have bells inside them that make a lovely sound when the ball is bounced, and most are used as interior decorations.'

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Address: Matsumoto Handball Preservation Society:4303 Nishi-Komatsu, Satoyamabe, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano

[Car]JR Matsumoto Stn. / Taxi / 10-min. ride

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