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Saturday, June 6, 2015

#Review - We're Getting Addicted To Kendama! #KendamaLTD

We have a new toy in our home - a Kendama.  Have you ever heard of a kendama?  We had not until I was offered to do a review of one from Kendama LTD.

Do you remember playing with a Cup-and-Ball toy as a child?  A kendama is just an updated Japanese version of it.  The game of kendama is believed to have arrived in Japan in the 18th century, and the game underwent significant modernization and standardization in the early 20th century, becoming internationally popular in the 21st century [wikipedia].  Kendama is a toy that has long enjoyed popularity in Japan among both children and adults.

While it may appear simple at first glance, kendama is a deep game with more than 1,000 different techniques for players to try to master. It can be played anywhere and by anyone, both men and women, young and old. The game is said to be helpful in developing concentration and perseverance.

This does take plenty of concentration to work on.  As you can see, my son has a long way to go to get good with this.  The game is basically played by tossing the ball and attempting to catch it in one of the cups or to spear it with the point of the stick. Although it may sound simple, there are a nearly unlimited number of specific techniques for doing so. These days, however, this traditional toy is no longer just an amusement; it is becoming a competitive sport with competitions taking place all across the world.  We have been watching quite a few videos on YouTube showing us how to do lots of tricks with the kendama.

-Universally Accommodated for both left and right hand. Designed and Refined by Kendama LTD California Kendama Team

-Coated with their new paint formula for less chipping after months off play.

-Made Out of deluxe quality beech wood which substantially enhances the stability of the kendama

-Improved string flexibility and durability. Plus, just in case, additional string, bead and thread tooling is included.

-Traditional Standard Size Kendama - Dimensions - 2.75 x 2.5 x 7.25

I remember playing with a cup-and-ball when I was a little girl.  I had so much fun with that toy.  Now with the Japanese updated version of kendama, our enjoyment as increased.  There are so many different ways of twisting, turning, balancing...why the stunts are almost endless.  It so much more exciting to play with a kendama than it is to try to fiddle with a yo-yo!

A kendama is a great toy that can be enjoyed for almost all ages.  Because of the point at the top, I would not recommend this for a child under 2 or 3.  It does make you think!  Get a Kendama LTD today at Amazon.  You and your family will love it!

The product was provided to me in order for me to facilitate an honest review. No other form of compensation was exchanged. Regardless, all thoughts are my own honest opinions!
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