Japanese game of coordination, Kendama, makes waves in Minnesota
Kendama is a game with ancient Japanese roots and the game that calls for exceptional coordination is making waves in Minnesota.
M.A. Rosko talks to the masterminds at Sweets Kendamas who display the wooden skill toy that has three separate pieces of wood that are assembled into the final product with friction and a string.
Kendama is a game that tests a player's hand-eye coordination. When playing properly, one must coordinate the upper and lower body to manipulate the pieces according to planned movements. The hand makes small and controlled actions and the legs rise and fall to place the ball (tama) in the cup. There's three cups, and all have different techniques for ball placement.
The Minnesota Kendama Open will take place at the Union Depot on 214 E. 4th Street in St. Paul on Saturday.