Kendama Tricks

This is a list of the 100 Hyakusen Kendama tricks. Whether you are a newbie to Kendama or have no problem pulling off a double lighthouse, there’s something here for you. The original source for this list is at the Kendama page on Japanese Wikipedia. We used this Romaji Translator to convert the Japanese script to Roman characters. We have given the tricks the English names we thought sounded best. Good luck working your way through this lot!

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Big Cup (1)

大皿 – “Oo-zara”. This one is Kendama 101. The first trick in the book.

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Knee Bounce (2)

リフティング大皿 – “Rifutingu Oo-zara”. A bit like a keepy ups this one.

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Little Cup (3)

小皿 – “Ko-zara”. The logical progression once you have mastered the art of the big cup.

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Base Cup (4)

中皿 – “Chuu-zara”. Nail this one and you will have completed the holy trinity of Kendama Cups.

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Baseball (5)

野球けん – Yakyuu Ken. Hit a home run with this baseball inspired trick.

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Candle (6)

ろうそく – “Rousoku”. This trick is very similar to the base cup only you hold the Ken slightly differently.

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Centrifugal Force (7)

遠心力 – “Enshin”. Get inverted with this Kendama speed trick.

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Orbit (8)

つばめ返し -“Tsubame Kaeshi”. Speed and dexterity are key with this trick.

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Reverse Spike to Base Cup (9)

はやて中皿 – “Hayate Naka-zara”. This is where things start to get a bit more tricky.

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540 to Base Cup (10)

空中ぶらんこ – “Kuuchuu Buranko”. Another multi-part trick.

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