Samurai Kendama (toy) Review

My grandfather carved and created some wonderful games such as peg boards, memory games and more.  The creativity of that generation kept all ages occupied during any free time and helped shape some very useful tools, as well.  I was reminded of some of these games when I saw the Samurai Kendama  and decided to give it a try.

kendama-blueThe Samurai Kendama is an unusual toy that seems like a mix of a yo-yo and the glass Clackers that caused such a stir in the 70’s.  Made of wood, it’s a game of skill, eye hand coordination, and patience.  Try to catch the ball in all three of the cups of the Kendama.  While it’s a traditional toy in Japan, the Kendama is just making itself known in the USA and I think it’s main competition will continue to be the electronic mindset.  Can we really play with toys that don’t plug in or take 4 AA batteries?

The game is a lot of fun for all ages and, unlike the Clackers, is pretty safe, too, assuming you use a bit of common sense and don’t get too close to the ball’s zone.  With a game such as the Kendama, kids and adults might just be drawn back into interacting with friends and family and no batteries will be drained!

I recommend getting a couple and having friendly competitions among the family.  This is a game that children can gain the skills necessary to beat older kids and adults, and all will have a great time!

I received this at a reduced price or free in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own

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