けん玉

8 Feb

My family and I like to play 「けん玉」 (“Kendama“).

Kendama is a traditional Japanese toy.
Much like a yo-yo, with practice you can master the basics of Kendama…and with a lot more practice, you can learn to do the “fancy tricks”.

Basically, Kendama is a wooden hammer-shaped toy with a small, a medium-size, and a larger “dish” and also a “spear”.
It also has a string attached with a wooden ball at the other end of the string. The ball has a hole in it.

To play, you have the ball hanging freely and move the Kendama in a manner that makes the ball swing up and then you catch the ball on either one of the “dishes” or the spear.
And then make the ball move to one of the other “dishes” or “spear”.
You have the ball go from one to the other as many times as you can before the ball misses.

Here’s a video of someone who is excellent with the Kendama.
The video tells the names of a number of Kendama “tricks”, and then the man in the video demonstrates them (and he makes them look easy):

Have you ever tried a Japanese 「けん玉」 (“Kendama“)?
Are you good at it?

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6 Responses to “けん玉”

  1. cuteandcurls February 15, 2010 at 12:57 am #

    I first knew about Kendama from Dr Black Jack 🙂 I wouldnt even know how to play this game heck I dont even know how to play a yoyo properly with all those cool moves ..

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    • tokyo5 February 15, 2010 at 1:04 am #

      Both Kendama and Yo-yo only take practice.

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  2. Sir Pent February 10, 2010 at 3:08 am #

    It looks like something you could easily become obsessed with.

    To change the topic completely, I picked up the BK3 CD yesterday. I am going to do a full review over at http://www.lizardsfromafar.com, but I think you’d like it. It really blows his previous CDs (which I thought were pretty mediocre) out of the water completely.

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    • tokyo5 February 10, 2010 at 11:29 pm #

      I look forward to reading your review…and I think I get a copy of it since you recommend it.

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  3. Nathan H. February 9, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    wow, amazing video.

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    • tokyo5 February 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

      There are people who can do kendama even better than that.

      I can only do the basic moves.

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