Kendama USA Wooden Kendama

Silly rabbit, tricks aren't just for kids.

Ever been accused of not being able to multitask? Put your skills to the test and impress all the cool kids on the block by showing off your Kendama moves. Kendama USA Wooden Kendama is a wooden skill toy that will have you feeling like a kid again as you juggle, spike and balance a ball connected to a handle by a string. By connecting different tricks, players have discovered endless eye-catching possibilities since the Japanese toy’s invention over 300 years ago. Sounds fun? It is. Sounds easy? Let’s just say they don’t call it a skill toy for nothing.

$26 – $30
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It’s a traditional Japanese skill toy

Kedama is a traditional Japanese toy made up of a wooden ball and handle connected by string. The toy is played by catching the ball with either one of the three cups on the handle, or by catching the ball by the hole inside it with the long, thin protruding end of the handle. Today, Kendama continues to spread smiles across the globe with professional players competing in the Kendama World Cup each year.

Between the 16th and 17th century Kendama came to Japan. The modern design was perfected in 1919 in Hiroshima prefecture by Hamagatsu Etsuka, who would see over 300,000 of his wooden creations produced in just one year. In the late 1970s, Kendama became popular on the world stage, prompting a need for standards for competition-level toys. The S-type, conceived in 1976 brought forth standards for materials, weight, and specifications that pushed the boundaries of what tricks were possible.

The traditional Japanese toy is popular with children around the world. Aiding in hand-eye coordination development and creativity, play is just as fun as it is beneficial to growth. With supreme skills, players can hope to win up to $5,000 dollars in the Kendama World cup, a yearly competition that brings together the best players from across the globe.

Awesome product features

  • Maple/Beechwood Construction: Sturdy and precision-balanced, the handles (Ken) and ball (Dama) are crafted to ensure longevity and ultimate control. The choicest wood is used for a handle and ball combination that is light enough for hours of play, and beefy enough to ensure that even the most daring tricks are within reach.
  • Tracking-Enhancing Paint: For players who need a consistent level of exacting visual accuracy whether playing at home in the comfort of the backyard, or on the stage of a world-class competition.
  • Signature Artwork: Kendama USA’s products stand out with looks hand-picked by professionals for a truly unique take on a traditional toy. Certain products feature branded handles, with dazzling visuals created by strategic charring of the wood.

Who will appreciate this as a gift

After 400 years of incubation in Japan, this traditional wooden skill toy has finally got the worldwide popularity that it deserves!

Save this one for the Japanophiles and cool kids in your life. The Wooden Kendama offers people a way to enjoy themselves through dynamic movements and creative tricks. It is also fun to display and collect since they come in a variety of different colors and visually stunning designs, sure to catch everyone’s attention.

Because you need to know

Will this Wooden Kendama fit my hand size?

Kendamas are available in different sizes from keychain to jumbo, with the two extremes on the spectrum being nigh impossible to enjoy the experience of playing fully; however, competition-level toys are made to exacting specifications that allow anyone from a small child to a professional basketball player to hold it with ease.

What if the peg of my Kendama is too small for the hole in the ball?

This is a common issue that can be solved easily with a little tape. Wrap the tape around the peg to the desired thickness then test it by ensuring the peg can still penetrate through the hole in the ball. Manufacturers make the holes in Kendama balls notably larger than the pegs so that any variance in the shape of the wood due to heat and moisture will not adversely affect play.

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