Cute Kendama

Good morning everyone,

I don't know about you, but yesterday didn't feel all that warm to and tomorrow are supposed to be sunny and warmer with highs around 15C or 16C both days. Then Thursday, they're calling for a high of 21C! Sounds great to me! Friday and Saturday will continue to be warm, but it's looking like it'll be cloudy or rainy both days.

If you’ve been waiting for a reason, now is the perfect time to take up kendama, the traditional children’s game!


As the game grows in popularity overseas, kendama is also getting a bit of extra attention in Japan, it seems. From an updated, high-tech version to impressive videos of kendama masters having fun, it looks like the game might be developing some real mainstream appeal. And with Sanrio now releasing some ultra-cute kendama sets, we’re pretty sure it’s popularity will only grow more!

▼ Because who wouldn’t want to play with this in public?


Kendama has been around for generations, so there’s no questioning its staying power, but we also think it’s fair to say the game isn’t quite as popular as, say, Candy Crush these days. But a Hello Kitty version of kendama seems like the perfect way to get some new people to play the game. And the toys, produced by Sanrio and available on their online store for Y2,268, even bear the Japan Kendama Association’s specially recommended product mark, so if you’re looking to get started, this is, officially, one of the best you can buy!

There are six to choose from, all featuring some of Sanrio’s most popular characters. Of course, the first, and our favorite, is Hello Kitty! There are also two versions of everyone’s favorite lazy egg, Gudetama!

First is the normal version, which has the character sitting in half an egg shell, looking as if it just settled into a nice hot bath and then we have a golden version of Gudetama...though he looks no less lazy…

And for an old-school, child-friendly version, we also have one of the cutest frogs in Japan, Kero Kero Keroppi!

There’s also a Pom Pom Purin kendama toy in case your favorite animal is the adorably illustrated dog.

And, finally, there’s a My Melody version.

If you live outside the country, don’t worry! You can also find all of these kendama sets on Amazon USA, where they’re a bit more expensive than in Japan at $31.99 each. However, it looks like they have free shipping, so it’s probably about the same when you factor in paying to send them overseas.

Which one would you play with?

I don't know which I'd choose. They all seem a bit girly to me...not that there's anything wrong with that. They're just cute...which is nice, but I don't really think it suits me. There's not much about me that's 'cute'...besides if I got one and played with it, it'd probably end up looking like this...

kendama old blue

...and that's not very cute, is it?

Have a great day!

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