Video is up for the winners of the 2018 South Japan YoYo Contest, and the amount of talent on display is mind-blowing. Japan Nationals is gonna be amazing.
Izuri Hasumi took the 1A division with an intense but problematic routine. He was still able to power through a lot of small mistakes and mostly stick to his music cues, which shows how much work he’s put in. A clean version of this would could definitely be a Japan Nats contender for Top 3.
1A – First Place – Izuru Hasumi
Ryo Yamashita took the 2A division with a solid routine that only had a few minor losses of control and could probably win any 2A Division in the US easily. The level of play for 2A is so high in Japan that it’s hard to say how this routine will play out at Japan Nats, but it’s definitely up to snuff.
2A – First Place – Ryo Yamashita
Ryosuke Ito put together a nice 3A routine that led off with some interesting asymmetrical tricks, but definitely struggled to land it clean. The routine was difficult enough to pull off a win, but he’s got some work to do before Nationals.
3A – First Place – Ryosuke Ito
Yuki Uchida brought a stunning offstring routine that has definitely pushed him out to the front of the pack for Japan Nationals contenders. With 4th Place finishes at the last two World YoYo Contests, Yuki Uchida is definitely a rising star and one of the most exciting new contenders in offstring.
4A – First Place – Yuki Uchida
2015 Japan National Champion Hideo Ishida took the 5A division with a strong routine and minimal flubs. Hideo is a gifted and practiced player, and a clean run with this routine could definitely make some waves at Japan Nationals this year, as well as Worlds.
5A – First Place – Hideo Ishida