Teacups, balls of string and umbrellas are generally not very exciting. But spin the former two on the latter and you’ve got a different story.

Feats like this are a rare sight in Tokyo but the Edo Daikagura troupe has been doing this for 400 years. Their act includes acrobats such as the kotobuki shishi-mai (lion dance), and dobin to kuwae-bachi, in which a teapot is balanced on a stick held in the performer’s mouth.

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