7 Interesting Kendama Facts, Including the Biggest Kendama

The kendama is a toy made up of a stick, one end of which is the handle, with a point (acting like a spear) at the other end. Near the point are two shallow cups opposite one another. Think of it like a small hammer, with cups which look like hammerheads, and between them is the point. The two cups are called the big cup and the small cup. One is just a little bit smaller than the other. The end of the handle also has a cup, which is called the medium cup. It also has a ball connected to the stick by a 16-inch (40 cm) string. This is a simple device, but the game has spawned the biggest kendama following in Japan.