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Kendama for beginners and pro’s

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

As the game grows in popularity overseas, kendama is also getting a bit of extra attention in Japan, 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!

Check out these vids from the duo Zoomadanke with zoomastyle!

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

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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 2,268 yen (about US$20), 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!

▼ Though we’d feel kind of bad swinging her around like that…

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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.

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And then we have a golden version of Gudetama.

▼ Though he looks no less lazy…

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

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

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And, finally, there’s a My Melody version. Interestingly enough, it’s not listed on Sanrio’s website — but you can find it on Amazon Japan.

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If you want to take a notch higher than it’s a good idea to check out the following kendama tokohoku

This site is set up by Beams and Yahoo Japan Corporation Reconstruction Assistance, primarily for kendama enthusiasts, and for the build up of Tohoku where the awful earthquake and tsunami struck. Part of the sales will be donated to organizations engaged in reconstruction in Tohoku. So you get the best of the best, because each product is created in collaboration with professional kendama players, and you get to do a good deed!

 

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BMX and kendama!

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STREAMER COFFEE

Hiroshi Sawada was the first Asian to winthe Latte Art World Championship in Seattle in 2008. The first Streamer Coffee Company” in Shibuya, Tokyo opened in 2010, and quickly expanded to four more shops. Somebody who had the talent to balance four succesful shops and still making perfect lattes in his mainshop surely has a knack for kendama..and yes he’s a passionate kendama player, even releasing his own kendama line.

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For more information don’t hesitate to contact us.

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(cheesy title)Ultraman inspired fashion makes you look ultra cool.

The cheesy title aside, we love Ultraman, this gigantic forefather of all “kaiju” destroying super heroes. First aired in 1966 and finished with a total of 40 episodes in 1967…so just to be clear, we are talking about Ultraman, and not his kin who carried the Ultraman name far into the 21st century.

Ultraman Nexus

An ongoing Japanese joke, is that if a girl calls her boyfriend a real Ultraman, it’s not a reference to his might, no Ultraman’s powers and, indeed, his very life force, came from rapidly depleted solar energy, which was heavily reduced by Earth’s filtering atmosphere. When Ultraman first appears, his “color timer,” or “warning light,” is always a rich cyan color. As time goes on, the color timer turns solid red, and then starts to blink, giving off a warning chime as it does so. When Ultraman runs out of energy, the color timer goes out, and turns black. Ultraman’s color timer is linked directly to his heart, and damaging it will cause mortal injury or serious pain to Ultraman...so you see the girlfriend’s venomous words are directed  to his limited stamina in the sack.

The Japanese love Ultraman, and its love for this delicate super hero is passed on from generation to generation, every child has at least one or two Ultraman figures in his toy box. As we get older we often change, we lose imagination, we lose our dreams, our hair, our tight bodies and in case when you’re a parent: your mind…but one thing we all long for, whether  being a child or an adult is being a hero, that never really disappears.

Ultra Hero 500 27 Ultraman dark (SD)
Ultra Hero 500 27 Ultraman Dark 540 yen

Well a new brand call A MAN OF ULTRA is trying to awaken the hero that hibernates in your adult subconsciousness, it tries to create a cool day-to-day world “Ultraman”, through creating products that remind us what Ultraman stood for (saving the world of those pesky monsters) and inject you with the same courage so that you can accomplish new feats, like standing up for yourself when your boss takes his bad mood out on you, or saving a little kitten from a tree….

Mmm great sales pitch, but since I’m Dutch, and we are born  super heroes, I mean you show us a hole in a dike and we stick our finger in it, I don’t really have the need for more heroic powers  , I’d be too much of a hero and like my mother always told me “too much is never good”. BUT darn I love what they did with it, the products they created are definitely a great addition to your wardrobe or interior.

Being a hero means being on time, and time was of the essence for Ultraman..you know he could die and that’s a big no-no for a super hero.

Ultraman model 29,700 yen
Zetton model 29,700 yen

I collaboration with black ice they created these awesome glasses, cause a super hero who’s blind as a mole is just asking for problems. (50,760 yen 8 models)

They sport lots of t-shirts created by Beams for MAN OF ULTRA for example this Alien Baltan shirt (6,696 yen)

or Zetton

A MAN of ULTRA×モモタロウコラボ フットボール半袖Tシャツ(黒)BEAMS×A MAN of ULTRA怪獣タイポグラフィTシリーズ『KING JOE』【GUILD PRIME】MENS ULTRAMAN NEKO T

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【GUILD PRIME】WOMENS シンクロNEKO T【GUILD PRIME】MENS シンクロNEKO T【GUILD PRIME】MENS ULTRAセブンT

 .Jeans cause how would a super hero look running around in his undies?
Don’t forget your bag, cause where would you put your handkerchief when you dry the tears of the dame you just saved?
28,080 yen

A hero needs to eat, so you need to eat from these handmade pottery bowls…me likey!

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And finally (they have many more products, but I’m getting really hungry now), as a hero it’s of high importance that  you………..smell nice..and for that MAN OF ULTRA collaborated with RISINGWAVE to create three irresistible fragrances. (mach tube ride, spacium cut back and ultra attack air)

RISINGWAVE×A MAN of ULTRA (マッハチューブライド) ETS 45mLRISINGWAVE×A MAN of ULTRA (スペシウムカットバック) 45mLRISINGWAVE×A MAN of ULTRA (ウルトラアタックエアー)  ETS 45mL

All A MAN OF ULTRA products are of guaranteed high quality and produced by well known Japanese manufactures, so they are not cheap..but even if you’re not into ultraman or any kind of super hero as a matter of speaking, these products are beautifully made and won’t make you look like a maniac , but that same maniac will recognize your stuff with one glance and be your friend for life.
Update:
Now you have the chance to look ultra dandy with these lovely ties and sweat jacket.