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NameCapsule Type Kendama
Second NameJapanese Type Kendama Games
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Traditional Japanese type kendamakendama length: 18.5cmkendama ball diameter: 6 cmBig cup diameter: 4.3cmSmall cup diameter: 3.7cmMaterial of kendama: Bamboo
History of kendamakendama is a traditional Japanese toy which consists of a ken (sword) and tama (ball) connected by a string. The ken has three cups and a spike which fits into the hole in the ball. Basic kendama tricks consist of catching the ball in the cups and on the spike, however a huge variety of kendama tricks can be performed by juggling the ball beween the cups, balancing it in various positions on the ken, balancing the ken on the ball and juggling the kendama. Kendama bears similarities to the classic bilboquet and the Hispanic world toy known as boliche or balero. The principle of these toys are the same: catching one object with another, where both are joined by a string. However the modern kendama style takes influences from a diverse range of skills including yo-yo, diabolo, juggling and dance. The main body of the kendama is called the ken. At one end of the ken is a spike - in Japanese kensaki. The cross-piece or sarado,has two opposing cups on either side; one is smaller than the other. The larger cup is called the big cup and the smaller cup is called the kozara. The sorado is usually separate to the ken and tama and held on by the string and friction against the tapering ken. At the bottom of the ken there is a smaller cup, called the base cup. Around the edge of each cup in a rim wide enough to balance the ball on. Close to the base cup is a small ridge called the slip-stop or slip grip, or in Japanese, suberidome. Between the slip-stop and the base cup rim there is often a seal or mark showing the brand or model of the kendama. The ball, called a tama, features a hole drilled partway through, enabling it to be caught on the spike. The hole or ana, is chamfered allowing the ball to rest neatly on the cup rims and slip stop. The ball is connected to the ken with a length of string measuring 38 to 40 cm.