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  • ZOOMADANKE If you've ever wanted to know more about the duo, this is your chance. A+ cinematography, color grading, editing and storytelling set this edit apart. Cool to hear from Tamotsu, Jero, Thorkild, and Sweets in this edit. Enjoy! cop the Mugen Musou seen in this vid: follow Zoomadanke on twitter: Featured in the Japan Times: LIFESTYLE Kendama: spin doctors BY MASAMI ITO On the streets of Tokyo, Zoomadanke’s “Kodaman” (Takeshi Kodama) and “Easy” (Hiroki Iijima) look like any other young men in their 20s or 30s. The second they start playing kendama, however, the pair will put on a performance that completely redefines the traditional wooden toy. Zoomadanke is a professional kendama performance unit that was formed in December 2010. There was no major company pulling strings in the background — just two men, Kodama and Iijima, who decided that they enjoyed kendama so much they would make it into a career. “It all just started out as something fun,” says Kodama, 34. “The image of kendama was rather uncool, and people mostly looked down on it as a plain and sedate toy. I thought that if we could change that image, people would see how great it really was.” The two met at a toy-consultancy course, at which Iijima introduced Kodama to kendama. Iijima, a college student then, and Kodama, a former salaryman, had one thing in common — their love for toys. “I think kendama has and will continue to evolve,” says Iijima, 23. “The amazing thing about it is the potential it has to bring together people from diverse backgrounds to collaborate and create something.” Zoomadanke’s performances are a reflection of such a philosophy. Using hip-hop, beatbox and even traditional Japanese music, Zoomadanke performs tricks using a kendama with a combination of smooth, graceful and sharp movements. The pair’s choreography is unique and entertaining, completely in sync with each other as they jump, twist and turn — all the time while doing kendama. The two men have performed on television, at public spaces, parks and have even gone abroad to destinations such as Brazil and Hawaii. “When you think about the fact that most people outside of Japan have never heard of kendama, imagine the endless possibilities it has,” Kodama said. “And like all toys, the great thing about it is, you don’t need to speak the language — you can communicate through kendama with anyone.”

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    Posted by: Dæmon

  • I don't think many people know who Mac Herbold is, but you definitely should. He's a Kromie out of Boise, Idaho and he slays the dam. Matching the damas with the film spots? So sick. Definitely give this one a watch.

    More... Posted: Mar 8, 2018

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    Posted by: Nick Lectura

  • Scagline coming in hot with another FIRE KUSA Team Edit. My favorite tricks were Nobu's (how you gonna open with that tech??) and Smith's (too clean). . . . . . KUSA TEAM EDIT FEBRUARY IS HERE, and it RIPS! The squad is stacked and the vibe is strong so for the next 4 minutes - chill. After the vid, comment on whose tricks you were into most! (Wyatt slept in) MUSIC BY: MOANING "The Same" Chopped/ Edited by scags -kusa

    More... Posted: Mar 5, 2018

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    Posted by: Nick Lectura

  • February's been a pretty quiet month, but we still got news! Also, some revamps will be made from here on out : - Shorter, more compact episodes! - Complete ...

    More... Posted: Mar 4, 2018

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    Posted by: azleonhart

  • The KUSA squad ate dama for breakfast, lunch, and dinner this NYC trip! Super hyped to be back for ANOTHER awesome Toy Fair - mobbing the streets with the team and seeing what happens! Big shout out to the KENYC crew for a FAT jam at Grand Central! Loved seeing everybody tear it up every year! Might see some new faces in this edit!? Peep the montage and comment - If you had to pick.. who WOUDN'T you wanna bunk with on this trip? Are you a light sleeper? Don't stay with TJ and Wyatt. Are you a night owl? You might wanna crash with Smith.. haha let us know! music by: A$AP Rocky - Electric Body A Tribe Called Quest - Check the Rhime -much respect KUSA

    More... Posted: Feb 28, 2018

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    Posted by: Bryan Scagline

  • 103DAMA went to the All Japan Kendama Players Summit, BUZZYANK! We did a full English recap on the event, check it out!

    More... Posted: Feb 19, 2018

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    Posted by: maxdesu

  • New edit from June! He just posted this up a little earlier this evening, it was all filmed in a single day by the homie @ChrisValdez. That 1-2-3 inward lighthouse line was gnarly! Probably my favourite trick in the edit. The swap triple inward flip to lighthouse at the end is a grinder for sure :eek:

    More... Posted: Feb 22, 2018

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    Posted by: htimSxelA

  • Just in time for the holidays, here's the third installment of the Downspike Community Edit! Such an honor to pick up the editing mantle this time, and i hop...

    More... Posted: Dec 22, 2017

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    Posted by: azleonhart

    Aye what up Downspike, I also participated in the 28 Tricks Later challenge but I wanted to make an edit out of the tricks I laced instead of uploading to Instagram. Give it a watch! . . . . . Some of the tricks in here are actually pretty cool. Some are ones that I obviously settled on. It's whatever though, some days have two tricks so that should make up for the soft ones. The kendama I used is the Play Kendama Pro II Recpaint by the way, won it from a friend and figured this challenge would be a good time to try it out!

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    103DAMA went to the All Japan Kendama Players Summit, BUZZYANK! We did a full English recap on the event, check it out!

    More... Feb 19, 2018

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    by maxdesu

    Yes that is Bonz in a Rilakuma jumpsuit sipping on a highball.... oh yeah, he's also answering some questions.

    More... Feb 8, 2018

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    So stoked about my progression! We visited our local visitor's center and laced some bangs. Filmed this little diddly with the tricks I landed.

    More... Jan 21, 2018

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    *EARLY RELEASE ON DOWNSPIKE* Kendama Edit #2! I was given a dama dare to use only one kendama for the whole month. I ended up using 2, but I decided that this would be a great opportunity to make my 2nd edit. Kendamas: 1. Thorkild May tama on Sol Shape Ken 2. Green Ozora Music: Vulfpeck - Christmas in LA *I do not own the rights to the music. Copyright belongs to its rightful owners*

    More... Jan 28, 2018

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