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Business Jun 19, 2015

Avex Music Kendama: Having a ball with DJ Koo

by Yuki Hayashi

Gentosha Inc. is taking kendama, a classic Japanese ball-and-cup toy, to a new level with a little help from DJ Koo, a member of f the Japanese pop group TRF. Unlike most kendama, which are traditionally made of wood, the Avex Music Kendama has a ...

Kendama: a whole new ball game

Lifestyle Nov 8, 2014

Kendama: a whole new ball game

by Masami Ito

Almost every child that has grown up in Japan has seen a kendama, a wooden traditional Japanese toy consisting of a ken (sword) and tama (ball) connected by a length of string. The ken has three cups and a spike that fits into a hole ...

Kendama: spin doctors

Lifestyle Nov 8, 2014

Kendama: spin doctors

by Masami Ito

On the streets of Tokyo, Zoomadanke's "Kodaman" (Takeshi Kodama) and "Easy" (Hiroki Iijima) look like any other young men in their 20s or 30s. The second they start playing kendama, however, the pair will put on a performance that completely redefines the traditional wooden ...

Kendama: great balls of fire

Lifestyle Nov 8, 2014

Kendama: great balls of fire

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The photographers who attended the Catch & Flow tournament in September would have been well advised to keep an eye on their equipment, as some of the tricks performed during the freestyle competition were so outrageous that balls flew dangerously close to their lenses. "It's ...

Popularity of 'kendama' abroad spurs trend at home

National Jun 11, 2014

Popularity of 'kendama' abroad spurs trend at home

by Masaaki Kameda

The traditional cup-and-ball game "kendama" is back, thanks to a new "cool" image mostly nurtured overseas and imported back to Japan. "Definitely, people who had never been associated with kendama, especially young people (in their 20s and 30s), have become hooked for a year or ...