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!
Video is up from the 2017 Hamamatsu YoYo Contest, better known as HamaCon, yet another amazing contest in Japan that brings out some of the absolute best talent on the island!
Check out video of the winners below, and head over to YoYoVideoArchive to check out a TON more amazing freestyles from the event.
1A Champion – Ryuichi Nakamura
2A Champion – Shu Takada
X Division Champion – Rei Iwakura
Team Division Champions – Ishihara Dai Circus
Japan Nationals is one of the biggest National events in the world, and it’s frequently a really good look at the players who will be at the top of their divisions in that year’s World YoYo Contest. If you’ve never been, I HIGHLY recommend it.
The 2017 Japan National Yo-Yo Contest will be held from June 17th to 18th at Sakura Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo.
This year marks the 19th annual Japan National Yo-Yo Contest. During that time it has evolved from a small contest in a local community center with around 50 in attendance, to its current size of 600-800 in professional convention halls and auditoriums throughout Japan in recent years. JN is arguably one of the most competitive yo-yo contests in the world, which makes it an incredibly exciting event to attend in-person. Among those fighting for this year’s five national titles are many former and current national and world champions. See your heroes up close and personal and cheer them on for the win!
This year, in addition to the 1-5A Championship Divisions, Women’s, Over 40, Team, and Compulsory Trick divisions, we are happy to announce a brand new International Open Freestyle (IOF) division! This division is open only to players who are not Japanese citizens, nor residents of Japan, so if you’re visiting for JN this is your chance to share the stage with top Japanese players and perform in front of one of the best yo-yo audiences in the world.
Whether you’re ready to get in on the action, or just want to cheer on and interact with your favorite players, we warmly invite you to attend the 2017 Japan National Yo-Yo Contest. See you in Tokyo!
Japanese EDM group Future Boyz (you might remember them from their appearance at the 2015 World YoYo Contest) just dropped a new video for their song “Throw Down with MK” and yeah…it’s a straight up yoyo video. The music video features Shaqler, because they are amazing, as well as stage footage of a pile of different players from the recent THROWDOWN contest in Japan. I’m always excited to see our scene get some love…huge thanks to Future Boyz for shining a light on some of the best players in our scene.
Recess finally dropped the new Komodo, a signature model for Indonesian yoyo champion Ahmad Kharisma! Players have been waiting patiently for the Komodo to be available and to celebrate the release we’ve got a new video from Recess team members Kenta Kushiro, Shota Saga, and Kazuki Morii.
Yoyo used is the Recess Komodo.
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!
Much love to Fist Salud for a solid trick compilation video from 44Fest Vol. 20! 44Festa events always bring out some of our favorites from the Japanese yoyo scene, and this video brings a pile of great tricks from too many players to list.
Check out this new video featuring Sota Sudo and some really nice 1A tech play. Good stuff!
Yoyo used is the iYoYo Hidra.
4x World YoYo Champion Hiroyuki Suzuki has announced that he’s launching a new brand called “Freshthings”, and the first delivery of releases looks pretty amazing.
First up is a plastic yoyo that echoes his typical design sensibilities, but is stock responsive and is a collaboration with Fragment Design, which means Hiroyuki is working with legendary streetwear designer Hiroshi Fujiwara! That’s pretty huge, and is the biggest fashion/yoyo design collaboration since Duncan produced yoyos for Lady Gaga’s pop-up store at Barney’s.
(Honorable mention to Self Edge for putting a yoyo on the leather patch of their collaboration with The Flat Head.)
Included in the first delivery it looks like we’ll also have a licensed collaboration with Coca-Cola, with two different designs: one featuring a Japanese logo and the other featuring a classic logo that appears to be from the 1980s. Both look pretty cool, and while neither is as exciting as the Fragment collaboration, it’s still pretty great to see Coke logos on a good playing yoyo…something we haven’t had since Russell Promotions stopped working with them in the late 90s.
No word yet on pricing or availability, but Freshthings will officially launch on November 2nd, 2016. We’ll update with more info when we have it!
44Festa is always a good time! Check out some fantastic tricks from the Vol. 19 event, presented by Fist Salud.
Hong Kong-based yoyo company C3yoyodesign presents a new video for their budget contest yoyo, the Accelerator, featuring members of the Japanese C3 Team. Featuring Shinya Kido, Rei Iwakura, Ryuichi Nakamura, and Reia Torita.
Yoyo used is the C3yoyodesign Accelerator.
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!
Who’s your buddy? Who’s your pal? Who’s your favorite hyperactive superhero from Hong Kong? SIMPSON!
Simpson Wong Wai Sheuk is one of the owners of C3yoyodesign and everyone’s favorite awesome guy. He’s been a pillar of the Asia-Pacific yoyo community for years and years and years now and you can find him at nearly every major contest behind a camera or on stage dressed like David Bowie’s little brother.
We love Simpson, and his latest video, filmed during a trip to Kyoto, Japan, is beautiful and fun and fantastic. Enjoy!
Yoyo used is the C3yoyodesign Krown.st.