Saturday, March 15, 2014

Kendama Craze in Hawaii!!!!

Per Masa's request regarding the latest trends, here is the latest craze in Hawaii.  It's a toy that Japanese people have been playing with for over a 100 years.  It's kendama!!!  The craze started in Hawaii a little before Christmas.  So most kids wanted a kendama as their Christmas present, but unfortunately many kids had to wait a couple months before getting their kendama.  Here is a news clip from Hawaii about kendama.

Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

And here is another video with clips from some tournaments in Hawaii.


  1. I am pleased to hear of expanding kendama into Hawaii. I would play that when I was a kid. But nowadays, I think most kids do not play such a toy. I just watched a boy playing the game on iPad mini at the airport yesterday. So, I am feeling both of expansion and contraction of Japanese traditional toy.

  2. wow playing kendama on an iPad?! how is that possible? must be easier than the real thing. some of our kids at school still play kendama so its not dead yet.