Second Kendama Competition in Guam 2015

The Consulate-General of Japan in Hagatna co-sponsored the Second Kendama Competition together with Guam Nikkei Association (GNA) at Guam Premium Outlet on August 15 and August 16.
51 players who won preliminary matches on July 25, August 1 and August 8 entered in the final round. Mr. Hiroyuki Yano, Vice-president of the Japan Kendama Association (JKA) and Mr. Taiga Ogawa (a high school junior), world Kendama champion in 2014 who were invited by GNA presided over the competition as judges. Mr. Ogawa showed his splendid technique at the venue and Tumon Sands Plaza.
The participants took part in the final round on August 15 according to age group, that is, 6 players from 7 or younger, 18 from 8-12 and 3 from 13-16 competed in basic style. On August 16, 4 from 17-25 and 2 from 26 and over competed. Compared to the competition last year, the number of players from elementary school increased remarkably and techniques of high school students were extremely high level. The winners from two age groups on August 16 were presented with a invitation to 40th World Open Kendam Festa 2015 in Japan in September by JKA and also a round-trip airline ticket between Narita and Guam from Japan Airlines.
A Certification test was conducted after the competition, 2 players were certified as first Dan and 9 players were certified as first Kyu. They can become the first people to be able to conduct certification test in Guam, after they attend a brief orientation in Japan and become a member of JKA. This will lead to the greater development of Kendama which is booming in Guam.

The award winners from the age group of 7 or younger

The award winners from the age group of 8 to 12

Awards ceremony for the age group of 13 to 16

Certified as first Kyu on August 15

Awards ceremony for the age group of 17 to 25

Awards ceremony for the age group of 26 and over

Certified as first Dan or first Kyu on August 16