The Kendama is a Traditional Japanese Skill Toy, a variant of the classic cup and ball game, The principle of these toys are to 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 yoyo, diablo, and juggling.
To play with a kendama, one holds the toy, and pulls the ball upward so that it may either be caught in one of the cups or land with the hole on the spike. More advanced tricks include sequential balances, juggles, and catches.
While most people play with kendamas for personal satisfaction, competitions do take place, especially in Japan, where many kendama shok gek s (Japanese for battle) are held. Participation in such competitions entails performing lists of tricks in sequence or completing particular tricks repeatedly for as long as possible. Additionally, tricks may be performed head to head with a rival to determine a winner. The first competitor to fail a trick loses.
The four beautiful designs we have been turned with laminated species of Japanese timbers.