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Kendama Brands

We stock the most popular competition style brands of kendamas, but below is a list of both current and historical models.

What are the differences?:The product descriptions have some details about the brands and colors.

  • Emeska: Boutique model from Quebec.
  • Hotaka: Quality clone, unusual colors.
  • Jonen: Nice budget clone.
  • KCN Battle: Excellent clone from China; its sibling KCN Pro is made in a different wood, with a different type of paint.
  • KC Winner: Excellent clone from China.
  • Mugen: Legendary quality, discontinued. The Kotobuki subbrand was a Mugen with gold sparkles in the paint.
  • Oozora: The only currently manufactured JKA certified model made in Japan.
  • Shin Fuji: Predecessor of the Oozora, the product passed to another company that still makes it. Rokurosen was a variation of Shin Fuji with latitudinal lines.
  • Shin Sakura: Discontinued JKA certified model, successor to the Sakura.
  • TK16 Master: High quality JKA model.
  • Yari: Premium wood clone, nice paint.

Spare Strings

Of currently produced models, the Oozora and the TK16 Master and TK Junior include a spare string. The Premium Hardwoods, Shin Fuji, and Taiyo don't. The old Mugen had a spare string, the Shin Sakura didn't. This is up to what the manufacturers include in the package. Spare strings and beads can be purchased separately.

Kendama Colors

All JKA certified kendamas or quality clones—truth be told—are pretty similar. It's the ball's paint job that distinguish them. So what kind of colors or finishes are available?

  • Red has been the usual color in more recent decades: look for this color in the Oozora, TK16 Master and Shin Fuji.
  • Green is only available in an Oozora ("leaf green," to be precise).
  • Blue is another common color, available in the Oozora, TK16 Master and Shin Fuji.
  • Black, was once more common, and is now available in the Oozora and TK16 Master.
  • Unpainted kendamas are available in the Oozora, TK16 Master and Shin Fuji models, in addition to the Premium Hardwoods series from the Oozora maker, Yamagata Koubou.
  • Striped kendamas evoke the Showa postwar period. We carry the non-JKA Mingei model from the Oozora maker.
  • Other Colors that are available are the pink and sky blue Oozoras, as well as a number of colors from non JKA clone makers.

Kendama Safety!

Kendamas are not toys. Well, they are, but they need to be used safely. Think of them as sporting equipment. Kendamas are appropriate for use by those 13 years of age or older. By purchasing from this site you agree that you and the intended recipient are both 13 years of age or older.

About This Site

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    375 N. Stephanie Street, Suite 1411
    Henderson, NV 89014-8909
    (888) 282-1635 (702) 938-8659
  • 日本語でお問い合わせ
Micro FAQ
  • How do you say "kendama"?
    With the accent on the first syllable, KEN-dama, that's how. You can also accent the middle syllable, but the closest pronunciation to the original Japanese would place the accent on the first syllable.

Kendama Resources

  • Newsletter: Keep up with new products, special offers and kendama news.
  • Yatterman Movie: Kedama wielding anime superhero in 2009's live-action movie from notorious Japanese director Takashi Miike.
  • Kendama Glossary: The terminology.
  • How to Tie a Kendama Knot: Useful when replacing a string, changing handedness or shortening a string.
  • Oozora Special Colors: "I bought an Oozora in a color you don't have. Is it a real Oozora?"