The kendama is a traditional Japanese skill toy. This simple toy is constructed with two main parts. The first has a handle that leads to a spiked end with two cups on either side of it, the second part is a ball with a hole in it. The handle or main body of it is called a “Ken” and the Ball is called a “Tama”. Both parts are connected to one another by a short string.
The Kendama is traditionally made out of wood, The most popular types tend to include Beech, Ash, Mahogany, Oak, Cherry, Maple, and Walnut.
While it may appear simple at first glance, kendama is a deep game with more than 1,000 different techniques for players to try to master. It can be played anywhere and by anyone, both men and women, young and old. The game is said to be helpful in developing concentration and perseverance.
These days, however, this traditional toy is no longer just an amusement; it is becoming a competitive sport with competitions.