There are few yoyo contests in the world that are more consistently fun and awesome than 44Festa. It’s a chance for some of the best players in Japan to relax a little and get silly, and as we all know that’s often when some of the coolest stuff happens. Check out Fist Salud’s massive trick dump from 44Festa vol. 22!
Time for yet another 44FESTA event report from Mananobu Iwata and the good folks in Yamato city!
Head to the official event report for all the goods, including this edition’s extra-hard mini contest involving YoyoFactory’s wooden Legend yo-yos.
They’d tell you it’s a trapeze contest, and it would be pretty tough already, as those OG Legends are THIN! But it doesn’t stop there. A trapeze contest at 44FESTA means there’s behind the back trapeze, trapeze regeneration, and much more. Nuts!
And the regional contest season may be over in Japan, but at 44FESTA, there are always fresh freestyles for our delight, including this edition’s winner, Yamato Murata!
Be sure to head to the official event report to watch all of the freestyles!
Japan Nationals is approaching fast, but before that, we’ll still have two more 44FESTA editions, on April 16th, and May 7th! Be sure to attend and say hi if you have the chance!
Fist Salud brings us another jaw-dropping trick compilation from 44Festa! The 21st volume of 44Festa took place on January 14th and, as usual, the talent at the event was just amazing with plenty of players honing their freestyles for upcoming JYYF regional events. Every trick in this 6-minute video is worth a look. Enjoy!
We are a bit late on this, but our good friend Masanobu Iwata sends word about this year’s first 44FESTA, held on January 14th!
Go check out the event report for all the goods, and be sure to check this edition’s freestyle contest! The 2017 Japanese League is currently being held all around the country, and several contestants are using every opportunity they can to hone their freestyles!
The next edition of 44FESTA will be held on March 26th, but be sure to go meet the crew at the JYYL events!
We’re slightly late on this, but I promise you won’t be disappointed!
44FESTA has reached its 20th edition (!) and in addition to the usual games and freestyle competition, Fist Salud brings us this trick compilation video with some jaw-dropping moves! Check out Yamato Fujiwara’s insane 1A+2A trick! Also a special guest appearance by the living legend and coolest guy ever Shingo Terada!
Be sure to check out the official event report for freestyle results and videos, and a tasty peek at the afterparty snacks!
The report for 44FESTA vol. 19 is up!
The 19th installment of 44FESTA was held on September 24th, and despite the unpleasant weather, attendees were unfazed.
Get all the details on the official report, and don’ t forget to check this sweet clip video featuring music from the one and only Ky Zizan!
Having legends like Master Nakamura having a great time with the new school kids is one the things that make us want to attend 44FESTA!
Also, if you’ re in Japan in the coming weeks, 44FESTA will be busy with booths in two separate events: CHIMERA GAMES vol. 2, in Odaiba, and Yamato Industrial Fair in Yamato. Be sure to get all the details from 44FESTA!
44Festa is always a good time! Check out some fantastic tricks from the Vol. 19 event, presented by Fist Salud.
Our favorite regular yo-yo event has turned 3! 44FESTA celebrated its 3rd anniversary on August 6th, and they have a nifty report in English up on their website.
Go check out the crazy trick ladder and freestyle battles, and be sure to attend the next event in September if you are in Japan!
Much love to our 44FESTA brothers!
The 44FESTA crew was in Singapore last month for the 2016 Asia Pacific Yo-yo Championships and they bring us a fresh report from the contest and the AAA Throwdown held at the contest after-party.
Check the link above and find out who won the combo contest and whether it’s possible or not to hit double trapezes on wooden imperial yo-yos!
Hassy from 44FESTA sends word about the PROJECT2015 wrap-up report.
PROJECT2015 was 44FESTA’s contribution to the 2015 World Yo-yo Contest, held last year in Tokyo.
In addition to helping promote the contest, the crew was also present on the contest floor running side events like the 44CLASH Battle Tournament, and the 44FESTA game booth.
FESTALAND, the game booth, was super popular among attendees, and featured traditional Eastern and Western carnival games like ring-toss, goldfish (or in this case bouncy-ball) fishing, and shooting range.
Another hugely successful side event was of course the 44CLASH Battle Tournament, featuring some of the most creative and acrobatic yo-yo players from around the globe.
The event was led by Fist Salud’s leader and 44CLASH organizer Dee:
The Battle Tournament was of course hugely popular, and featured names like János Karancz, Tsubasa Onishi, Rei Iwakura, and the eventual winner, Paul Kerbel.
Be sure to check out PROJECT2015’s event report with lots more pictures. The crew worked hard for month to help make Tokyo 2015 the greatest yo-yo contest ever held and it shows!
Great news for all of you attending the Asia Pacific Yo-yo Championships this week in Singapore! The 44FESTA crew will be holding a Triple A Throwdown during the after-party on July 3rd!
The Triple A Throwdown is an almost mythical post-contest tradition, part of the division’s unique culture, with its roots going back over 10 years ago. As a master of both 3A and ducks, we feel that Masanobu Iwata is uniquely suited to host the event for the Asian community!
The crew at 44FESTA was also busy a couple of weeks ago, holding yet another edition of their own event.
44FESTA vol. 18 was held on June 19th, and this time the offstring relay mini-contest had a sweet twist: 403YOYOCLUB in Sendai competed against the 44FESTA teams over Facetime!
Pictured above is Team Seki, winners of the mini-contest, with the Sendai crew sending their regards.
The freestyle contest also had something new: judges provided commentary and advice for the contestants on how to improve their freestyles. We expect to see some substantial improvement among the 44FESTA freestylers in the coming contests!
And speaking of improvement, the big winner of this edition was surprisingly not one of the several sponsored players competing; instead, Tomoki Toyama took home the trophy finishing ahead of the pack!
Check out all freestyle videos here.
Remember to attend the Triple A Throwdown this weekend in Singapore, and the upcoming 44FESTA 3rd Anniversary to be held on August 6th!
See you next time!
Great news from Masanobu Iwata and the 44FESTA crew! There’s now an official event report in English for all you duck-lovers by Shintaro Noda!
Check the report right here!
The official reports brings a ton of great photos from the event, as well as first-hand experience from the crew itself.
Read all about the “yo-yo wrestling” mini-contest from the latest event, where the legendary Master Nakamura emerged victorious, as well as the freestyle contest, where Hajime Miura got 3rd… by doing 2A!
Many thanks to the 44FESTA crew for another great event and for bringing the rest of us a taste of this fantastic edition!
Our favorite event returns on June 19th, followed by the 3rd anniversary edition on August 6th!
Masanobu Iwata sends in another report from 44FESTA!
Vol. 15 was held on November 22nd, and was the last regular FESTA event of the year.
This event’s mini-contest was probably my favorite so far, especially considering a lot of players these days have not experienced the annoying fun of auto-return yo-yos.
So what’s the “catch” here? The goal was to get a sleeper that lasts exactly 10 seconds, and if you’ve thrown these things before, you know there’s not much you can do about the sleeper time other than calibrating your throw.
And yet, World Champion Hajime Miura, and Makio Nakagawa both somehow managed to respectively get 10.07 and 9.93 seconds, with Makio winning the tie-breaker!
Next up was the freestyle contest, with World Champion Hajime Miura coming out on top. You could say having the World Champion compete here is unfair, but what if he freestyles in a different division?
Well, that’s still unfair!
Just kidding, we love having our minds blown by Hajime over and over!
Here are the final standing:
- Hajime Miura
- Yamato Fujiwara
- Daiki Tanaka
- Kenta Kushiro
- Shinnosuke Ishizaka
You can find all of the freestyles here.
And the year is not yet over for the 44FESTA crew and fans! 44FESTA VILLA, FESTA’s year-end party, will be held on December 27th in Fujisawa, Kanagawa. Entry fee is 1,500 yen (about 12 USD), and includes food and beverage!
There will be a non-sponsored player contest at the event as well, a great chance for those players to show off their skills and maybe catch a sponsor’s attention!
Finally, 44FESTIVAL WEST is also just around the corner, and will be held on December 19th in Osaka! Quite a busy month in Japan!
44FESTA vol.14 was held on September 20th, and it was also a seeding event for the upcoming 44FESTIVAL, which will take place on October 31st, in Kanagawa.
But first, a forward-pass-water-bottle-shoot-out. This edition’s mini-contest required players from each of the three teams to hit water bottles with forward passes. It looks like we’ve finally found something Hajime Miura is not invincible at!
It’s much harder to defeat him at the freestyle contest, however, and Hajime Miura secured a seed to 44FESTIVAL by taking first place, ahead of Shu Takada and Toru Miyazaki.
Watch all of the freestyles here.
44FESTA takes a break for a month in October as 44FESTIVAL takes place, and will be back in November.
Meanwhile, keep an eye on 44FESTIVAL EAST, which will gather the best from the Japanese yo-yo clubs and meetings at a freestyle contest!
If you’re interested in sponsoring 44FESTIVAL, you can reach the organizers at email@example.com!