Kendama Toy

Consisting of two different sized wooden cups, a spike and a ball that is connected by a string to the centre, this traditional Japanese toy was known to be a common necessity in all hunting cultures for early childhood used for training of hand-eye coordination. Although Japan’s indigenous people invented the Kendama game (pulling the ball upward and catching it in one of the cups or aiming the hole of the ball on the spike) the toy was considered to derive from a European import. From this assumption, the design arrived in Japan via the Silk Road at around 1777. Today, the Kendama toy can be seen and used as a toy, purely for entertainment or skill development.

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