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The stylish Kendama is Japan's version of the Ball-And-Cup; but we believe it is a far superior design. The Ken (the shaft part) has 3 cups and a spike which fits into the hole of the tama (ball).  The principle of these toys are the same: catching one object with another, where both are joined by a string.

kendama numbered parts 

Kendama in the diagram below has names that are used by regulars to identify the parts. These are:

1) Main Body
2) Spike
3) Large Cup
4) Base Cup
5) Small Cup
6) Ball
7) Hole
8) String
9) Cup Body
10) Small Cup Edge
11) Big Cup Edge
12) Slip-stop or Slip Grip
13) Back End
14) String Attachment Hole
15) Bead(not pictured)

Today, Kendama is popular in many parts of the world. Kendama is particularly well loved in Japan, where national tournaments are held and Japanese employers recognize applicants who have attained the higher dan rankings as "persistent, patient and determined potential employees"

Kendama play has also been used as a measure of accuracy, agility, and learning ability in robotic arms.

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. There are eleven prescribed moves on the Kendama trick list for achieving a kyu ranking and several more for a dan ranking. A 10-kyu rating (the lowest beginner grade) is attained by simply catching the ball in the largest cup. A book published by the Japan Kendama Association lists 101 different tricks for the toy and there are supposedly tens of thousands of trick variations. Different stances and grips are required to perform different tricks.

While most people play with kendamas for personal satisfaction, competitions do take place, especially in Japan, where many kendama shokūgekìs (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.

These are High Quality Beech Wood Kendamas featuring a cracked paint design. The Ball measures to about 2.36 inches and the overall height of the Kendama is roughly 7.28 inches.