For anyone who spends time among young people, especially those of elementary school age, today's Living Here cover story probably came as no surprise. The article's about the local craze over Kendamas, a traditional Japanese toy that's become all the rage with the Nickelodeon set and even older. Want to know where to buy one? Check out this list - and note that many shops sell out of Kendamas quickly and have waiting lists in some cases.
* Metropolis Comix, 8241 Bruceville Rd, Sacramento; 916-689-2009: Some credit this comic shop near Elk Grove with kicking off Kendama-mania in Sacramento. Metropolis Comix is an official partner with Kendama USA and a hub for SacKendama, a club that hosts tournaments and other events around the area. One event drew 800 kendama players.
* Oto's Marketplace, 4990 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 424-2398. This Japanese grocer has turned into a kendama headquarters for Sacramento. Look for two cages filled with kendamas and accessories. Oto's also offers kendama specials for its Facebook followers.
* Broadway Comics & Cards, 1508 Broadway, Sacramento; (916) 446-0108: This long-running comic shop and haven for collectible cards and toys has carried kendamas since the 2012 holiday season. Stocks of kendamas get depleted quickly so call first.
* R/C Country Hobbies, 6011 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 731-5868: Among the model trains and radio controlled cars, you'll find wood and plastic kendamas - that is, when they're in stock. The store sometimes has a waiting list for the popular toy.
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