Hatsukaichi City is the Birthplace of Kendama
Do you know that Hatsukaichi City is the birthplace of the modern Kendama?
There is a monument to commemorate the birthplace of the Kendama near Hatsukaichi
City Hall. Kendama was introduced to Japan at the end of the Edo period as a drinking
game played at parties.
Kendama was re-born as a children’s game after the Ministry of Education
introduced it as “Cup and Ball”. On August, 1918, Hamaji Egusa in Kure City created Kendama in its current
form. It was called “Sun and
Moon” because of its shape. Hatsukaichi City became the birthplace of the Kendama after it was selected
as a Kendama manufacturing area.
to play Kendama
Players toss the ball upwards and try to
catch it on the big cup, center cup, small cup or the tip of the sword.
Revitalizing Hatsukaichi City
Kendama has enjoyed recent popularity
because players can enjoy trying various techniques as well as testing their
power of concentration. Hatsukaichi City regularly holds Kendama classes and competitions for all
Kendama has become an important symbol linking Hatsukaichi City with its
Japan Kendama Association (NPO)
Kendama Association holds Kendama competitions and provides certificate tests
from Level 1 to Level 10. It also holds
lasting “Moshikame” competitions, where players catch the ball in the big and
small cups alternately, as in the illustration to the left. As of September 27, 2010, the maximum time for
competition had been set at eight hours.
In all, four people have received records for lasting the full eight
<Referenced Web Sites>
Japan Kendama Association http://www.kendamakyokai.com/
“Kendama” derived from Wikipedia http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%81%91%E3%82%93%E7%8E%89
“Manufacturing” derived from Hiroshima