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The History / Evolution of Kendama Tricks?

Discussion in 'The Sesh' started by BrettFromTibet, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. BrettFromTibet

    BrettFromTibet n00b

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    In the beginning, there was just getting it on the cups and spiking it, I imagine.

    Until one day, some days or years later, someone accidentally landed a birdstall going for a spike or just trying it...or an earth turn just kind of happened.

    Does anyone know enough about kendama history to say approximately when 'major' modern tricks like:
    • Airplanes
    • Lighthouses
    • Lunars
    • Whirlwinds
    were first landed and emulated by other players?

    For instance, as a skateboarder, I can recall ollie kickflips and handrails started showing up in magazines and were performed by pro skaters in the mid-to-late1980s. Before that it was completely unheard of and basically unimaginable to most skaters.

    I have burning questions like: Did 'lunar landers' first become a phenomena in the Japanese kendama community before or after man landed on the moon in 1969?

    Does anyone know?
     
    Jul 23, 2019
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  2. htimSxelA

    htimSxelA Moderator Staff Member

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    Good questions!

    Hey @kotakago, want to ask Kubota about this? He might have some ideas
     
    Jul 23, 2019
  3. Kristina

    Kristina Member

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    Love this! Great post! Will be watching This thread intently.
     
    Jul 23, 2019
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  4. BrettFromTibet

    BrettFromTibet n00b

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    Were ‘spacewalks’ invented shortly after the first actual space walk.? Did downspikes ever occur in the 19th century?
     
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  5. Emil Apostol

    Emil Apostol DS Legend

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    Watching! But a couple of the tricks you mentioned (Lighthouse and Airplane) were already being talked about as early as the 1970s when the Japan Kendama Association first started.

    Check out the history of the Japan Kendama Association here. The JKA played a big part in modernizing kendama play, which included codifying and naming all the tricks that could be done with the toy. :)
     
    Jul 23, 2019
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  6. Cheech_Sander

    Cheech_Sander Administrator Staff Member

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    I don't think I saw too many downspikes in our early days (2004-2008)
     
    Jul 24, 2019
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  7. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    I shot a message to a guy I know from the JKA. I was told that he wasn't certain of the exact years they were invented but Lunar, Airplane, and Lighthouse were already in use by around 1920.
     
    Jul 24, 2019
  8. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    I did some poking around and the first reference I can find to "whirlwind" is on this page from 2002. The trick is called "furiken tsumiji kaze" (ふりけんつむじ風) Swing-in Whirlwind. It's not the same variant as what is known as Whirlwind in the West but if they're already using the name and the trick shares similarities then it's possible that it was out there digitally undocumented.

    The first video I can find of that trick is this one from 2009.
     
    Jul 24, 2019
  9. BrettFromTibet

    BrettFromTibet n00b

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    Lunars for the past 100 years? Awesome!

    If anyone knows who, how or when any other kendama tricks were invented, please post it!
     
    Jul 27, 2019
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