We’ve partnered with the Consulate General of Japan to present the first ever Kendama Championship – dubbed the “Sakura Classic” at this years Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival!
Taking place April 11th & 12th, we’ve got lots of activities like workshops, minigames, autograph signings & more b/w 11AM & 6PM.
If you are interested in just the Kendama competitions, they will also take place on April 11 and 12, and culminate with a finals match on the Peace Plaza stage from 3:45pm-4:45pm on Sunday the 12th.
What is the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival?
The 2015 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival now celebrating its 48th year, is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. Each year, over 200,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community. The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C.
The festival will be held on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets. There will be food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, the annual Queen Program, and more. The Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, April 19, beginning at City Hall and concluding in Japantown.
The event is free and open to the public. However, vendors will be charging for their food goods and retail products. Some specialized events will require a fee.
Tj Kolesnik traveled to Japan for the Tokyo Gift show with KIT Corporation in February. Flying solo this time, he had the opportunity of meeting up with Thorkild May for the entire week. They spent 3 days at the Tokyo Gift show playing and demonstrating Kendama, and a day appearance at Sports Authority to demonstrate Kendama for the local Japanese players. Check out this video of what it is like to travel as a professional Kendama player.
Thank you to Mitsuo Kanzaki, Emi Dixon, Thorkild May and Kendama USA for making this possible. Enjoy!
Dave Mateo is hosting a series of competitions allowing the winner of each city to get a full ride the the National Kendama Retreat this upcoming april! Here is the group photo of the San Diego competition!
Congratulations to Matthew Rigato for taking home the win!
Make sure you dont miss out on the next event going on in LA on March 29th!
After a canceled flight that left me stranded for 14 hours at NYC LaGuardia airport I decided to make the best of my situation and landed 1 trick every hour until the next morning. I have been long overdue for an edit and I am happy to be getting this one out.
I had a lot of fun while filming this edit, it was a very interesting experience and I met a lot of cool people that night. Huge shout out the the 24hour coffee shop workers for fueling me.
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