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6/13/2015

Kendama Review


I grew up during the time before the computer and electronic games.  So we played outside a lot, played board game, cards and other games.  That is what Kendama reminds me of, the days before all this technology.





 The object of this toy/game is to catch the ball either on the spike or in one of the cups on the side.  I have yet to master it.  I will keep trying to though.

When I first heard of Kendama I wasn't exactly sure what it was or how to use it.  So, I did a little research.  Believe it or not there are a lot of sites and information on this subject.  I found some information on the rules of playing at wikipedia which you will see below.  You can also find more than that on their site.

This is a game of skill that helps you to exercise your brain.  After all it takes a lot of concentration, hand eye coordination and more.  Ok, so maybe that's just me that gets all that out of it.  You might too though but the only way to find out is to get your own Kendama.

Now, I do have to give a word of warning on this toy.  Because it is made of wood I wouldn't suggest letting little ones play with it.  The reason I say this is because they can get hurt with it.  When I was playing with it I almost got hit by the ball so I belive that little ones would really wack themselves with it if not careful.  

Rules

 To play with a kendama, one holds the toy, and pulls the ball upward so that it may either be caught in one of the cups or land with the hole on the spike. More advanced tricks include sequential balances, juggles, and catches. There are eleven prescribed moves on the kendama trick list for achieving a kyu ranking and several more for a dan ranking. A 10-kyu rating (the lowest beginner grade) is attained by simply catching the ball in the largest cup. A book published by the Japan Kendama Association lists 101 different tricks for the toy and there are supposedly tens of thousands of trick variations. Different stances and grips are required to perform different tricks.
While most people play with kendamas for personal satisfaction, competitions do take place, especially in Japan. Participation in such competitions entails performing lists of tricks in sequence or completing particular tricks repeatedly for as long as possible. Additionally, tricks may be performed head to head with a rival to determine a winner. The first competitor to fail a trick loses.
In the trick moshikame (もしかめ?), the ball is juggled between the big cup and the smallest cup at the bottom repeatedly. A Japanese children's song of the same name is often sung to help with timing.

Product Description

About our product
After months of research and testing we present you the Kendama LTD. Made out of deluxe quality beech wood, our Kendama LTD embody the majestic beauty of the ancient Japanese game. Not just that, with our improved paint quality the Kendamas become chip-less even for several months. Our manufacturers are dedicated in providing superb product quality and we are committed in furnishing prime costumer experience and support. Every Kendama that we ship out is closely inspected for any defect in that way we only send out the best of the best.
What is Kendama?
Kendama is a toy that has long enjoyed popularity in Japan among both children and adults. While it may appear simple at first glance, kendama is a deep game with more than 1,000 different techniques for players to try to master. It can be played anywhere and by anyone, both men and women, young and old. The game is said to be helpful in developing concentration and perseverance. These days, however, this traditional toy is no longer just an amusement; it is becoming a competitive sport with competitions taking place all across the world.
How is the Kendama played?
The game is basically played by tossing the ball and attempting to catch it in one of the cups or to spear it with the point of the stick. Although it may sound simple, there are a nearly unlimited number of specific techniques for doing so.

Origin
Many people may think that kendama was invented in Japan, but this is not actually the case. While many different theories exist, there are records indicating that kendama originated in France in the sixteenth century. There are also theories that this game was developed in Greece or China, and the absolute truth is not known. However, Hatsukaichi City in Hiroshima Prefecture is considered to be the birthplace of the modern Japanese Kendama.

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Coated with our NEW PAINT FORMULA FOR LESS CHIPPING after months off play.
Made Out of QUALITY SOLID BEECH WOOD. Substantially Enhances the Stability of the Kendama
IMPROVED STRING FLEXIBILITY AND DURABILITY. Pre-Installed String. Plus, Just in Case, Additional String, Bead and Thread Tooling Is Included.
Traditional Standard Size Kendama - Dimensions - 2.75 x 2.5 x 7.25
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