There is no scheduled programming for Kendama in the 2021 Festival, but we hope to bring this back in the 2022 Festival.
Kendama is a traditional Japanese toy. The kendama is made up of the “Ken” (handle), three cups and the “Tama” (ball) connected by a string. Made of wood, the ends of the base and the crosspiece of the hammer are cupped so that they can catch the ball, and the ball has a hole in it that can fit on a spike on the end of the hammer. Seasoned players demonstrate a variety of fun tricks where they spin, juggle, flip, and spike with their kendamas.
The Sakura Classic is the premiere kendama competition and tournament for kendama players and fans alike. Both amateur and professional players from all over the West Coast compete for a top spot to perform on the main stage. At the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, get hands-on training with some of the best players in the world at free workshops for all ages and skill levels, and participate in mini games, professional demos, and an open division style contest. At the next in-person Festival, bring your kendamas and family to this awesome event during the first weekend.
Special thanks to Jake Wiens, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, Grain Theory, and the KG Squad for organizing and supporting the Sakura Classic.