Kendama Craze!

Are you playing Kendama yet?

Kendama is a traditional Japanese toy involving a ball on a string and a … stick/sword with cups and a spike.


It’s not that different from other stick/cup games I played as a kid.

But ….

Kendama has recently become the rage among kids, teens, and adults in the United States.

The basic game is catching the ball in one of the three cups on the stick and/or with the spike.

And, there’s also zillions of tricks you can learn ranging from beginner to advanced.


Everyone in my family has a Kendama including girlfriends/boyfriends/significant others.

We’re going to see who can become the reigning Kendama champion of our group.

(Hint:  It won’t be me … I’m trying to do Kendama left-handed due to my bum arm.  I’m right handed!)

Kendamas are surprisingly addictive no matter what your age is.

(Don’t say I didn’t warn you!)

They’re made in varying colors.

Many people like to collect the different colors.

Some Kendamas are made from expensive woods and/or with fancy designs.

I’m a fan of the inexpensive beginning Kendamas.

I don’t need to worry about damaging or losing an expensive Kendama.

If you haven’t yet tried/played, I’d encourage you to consider it.

It’s FUN!

And yes, it’s also challenging.

I think it’s probably good for my brain and hand/eye coordination?

You’re never too old for toys, right?

2 Responses to “Kendama Craze!”

  1. Michelle

    Never too old for toys. We have something similar my brother brought back from Thailand, but it only has one cup. That is too hard for me, I don’t have good depth perception and, like golf, it really frustrates me. 🙂

    • Suzanne

      I’m terrible so far Michelle.
      I still think it’s fun and funny.
      Mainly because I laugh every time I nearly knock myself in the head with the ball instead of getting it in a cup.
      Someone should videotape a group of people trying to play with their non-dominant hands!
      : )


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