Yo! my name is joe o. I went to a JapanFest when I moved to North ATL from NJ back in 2012 and i've been to one meetup when i first started. I'm 29 now and have fun playing kendama in my freetime. It's so much fun learning new tricks and getting better. Kendama is a lot of things which makes it special. You can be vibing out to music & flowing to the beat. and slaying some bangerz and other times it feels like grinding out some trick. I'm impressed how you can start so simple and it scales in technique and creativity. I bring everywhere with me. i check phone,wallet,keys, kendama. lol. When i travel and am never bored and get to share kendama with random people. It's really fun trying to improve every day. The whole kaizen philosophy even carries into every day life. It's been positive. i post on instagram @joeo with clips of dama, dogs, and stuff. I've most enjoyed edits because it's kinda like your making a mini movie. Sometimes you want to add music, narration, the framing. It's even cool that DownSpike had an award show at MKO this year.