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Krazy for Kendamas 9 months 1 week ago #17283

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Kendamas are EVERYWHERE.

If you don't know what a kendama is, you probably don't have a school-age kid. Or you haven't been paying attention at the malls, parks or any other public area in the past few months, because this simple but challenging traditional Japanese game has become the most popular children's toy in Hawaii not requiring an electrical outlet or battery.

Like yo-yos, marbles and pogs, kendamas are not a new invention -- they've been around for more than 200 years -- but they're back in the spotlight.

The wooden, cross-shaped toy consists of a long main body (ken) with a ball (tama) attached by a string. The body is pointed at the end, with a corresponding hole in the ball, and has two cups on its sides with which to catch the ball.

The object is simple: Get the ball to rest on one of the three ends. But because of its unique shape, and the inventive minds of players, there are endless possibilities when it comes to tricks.

"It can't be mastered. You continuously improve," said Brad Ishii, whose store Little People Hawaii is partnering with Faith Marketing Group to host a "Battle of the Kendamas" competition Dec. 14 at Windward Mall.

A quick perusal of YouTube turns up tons of videos of young adults and children, including some from Hawaii, showing off amazing stunts. Some of the most visually impressive tricks involve intricate string routines reminiscent of yo-yos.



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Re: Krazy for Kendamas 9 months 1 week ago #17284

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This is a better picture…
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:laugh:
Here is a short video of the first 10 tricks you should master… from the international kendama assoc.
I will never be able to do these.
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Schools Ban Kendamas

The highly popular Japanese wooden toy kendama has been banned by one Oahu school because it can be used for gambling.

Kendamas will no longer be allowed on campus, according to the James Campbell High School in Ewa, because it is being used for gambling purposes, which is a Chapter 19 offense.

A similar ban is in effect at Keoneula Elementary School in Ewa Beach.

Both schools said kendamas will be considered a contraband item and will be confiscated.

Readers comments:
The utter idiocy in school administrations these days...SMH Anything can be turned into a game of gambling - coins, soda tabs, even pens. Are they going to ban those, too? :woohoo:

In other news, numbers will no longer be allowed in math classes because numbers are often used for gambling purposes. :P
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