Just making it clear: This thread isn't necessarily all about kendamas "Made in the US/China/Canada," but about kendamas not made in *mainland* China. I think Mr. @BrettFromTibet's sentiments are as much about principle as they are about the quality of the finished product. That being said, a lot of countries next to or near China have very strong manufacturing industries as well. Check out Thailand and Vietnam; just to illustrate, Samsung have completely moved their cellphone manufacturing out of mainland China and into these countries. Maybe other kendama companies can make similar moves if they so desire.