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A twist on the classic cup-and-ball toy. The Kendama originated in Japan and is a timeless toy that is sure to keep you engaged for hours.

The Kendama is made up of the “Ken” (handle) and the “Tama” (ball), which is connected by a string. The Kendama tricks are done by variations of juggling the ball in the 3 cups, spiking the ball with the Ken spike, and balancing both in new creative ways. Mastering the Kendama takes practice, focus, patience, and creativity.

There are eleven prescribed moves on the kendama trick list for achieving a kyu ranking and several more for a dan ranking. A 10-kyu rating (the lowest beginner grade), for example, is attained by simply catching the ball in the largest cup. A book published by the Japan Kendama Association lists 101 different tricks for the toy and there are supposedly tens of thousands of trick variations.

Is the cup-and-ball toy was getting a little too easy for you? Or are you able to do all the yo-yo tricks in your sleep? Then the Kendama is your calling. It will take you to a whole new level of challenge.

Bubboli loves it because it is so nice to see a toy that older children find more intriguing than the flashy computer games available nowadays. It teaches us that focus, patience and practice are the cornerstones to achieving things we didn't think we were capable of.

NOTE: Because of the anatomy of the toy, it is important to get one made of wood and from a trustworthy merchandiser. Otherwise, there may be issues with the string breaking or the paint on the ball chipping.

There are many brands out there that are merchandising the product, but we like Kendama USA the most because of the quality of their Kendamas and their high customer satisfaction rating.

Price: $18.50

Product Statistics

For Ages:
  • 7 - 8 years
  • 9 - 10 years
  • 10+ years
  • Travel Friendly
  • Wood Toys

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