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What Is Kendama?


A kendama approved for use in competition by the Japan Kendama Association

Kendama is a kind of 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 Japan.

Let's look today at the secrets behind kendama's appeal, the history of this pastime, the various techniques recognized by the Japan Kendama Association, and the different types of kendama available.