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March 28, 2013
Sacramento kendama battles set for Saturday and Sunday


The kendama craze in Sacramento continues with back-to-back events set for this weekend. For those not keeping score at home - or don't spend much time with young people - the kendama is a traditional ball-and-cup toy from Japan that's become all the rage locally. In this recent story from The Bee, local shops reported selling more than 200 kendamas a week and waiting lists have become the norm in some cases.

One quick observation: kendama-mania is very much a Sacramento phenomenon right now. I visited San Francisco's Japantown over the weekend and didn't see any kendamas in the toy shops. For all the kids eating and shopping with their folks, none of them seem to be carrying a kendama either. Check out any Sacramento schoolyard these days and it's the total opposite. Kendamas are everywhere.

Meanwhile, the SacKendama club has reinvigorated its Facebook page. Be sure to "like" this page if you're interested in keeping up with the latest kendama news and local events.

Two kendama events are scheduled for this weekend. Saturday's event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Elizabeth Pinkerton Park (8906 W Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove). Activities at this "Editquette Project Kendama Battle" include a "best trick" contest and battles for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Admission is free and sign-ups for the battles will be available at the event.

Sunday's event is the "Metro Kendama Jam," which takes place at 1 p.m. at Metropolis Comix ( 8241 Bruceville Road #160, Sacramento). This comic shop is credited for kicking off Sacramento's kendama craze and serves as a hub for SacKendama. Bring your kendama and $5 and show off your best tricks among the local kendama community.


* Kendamas are the latest schoolyard craze

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