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?