We’ve got a nice triple feature from Ryosuke Kawamura…one brand new video, and a couple that we somehow missed!
Check out some top-notch tricks from Japanese players Yoku Kato, Atsushi Takeuchi, and Shusaku Kato.
Sengoku is a new company based out of Nagoya, Japan whose focus is on producing premium competition yoyos. Following up on their first release, the Nobunaga, their sophomore release is called Masamune, and is named after a legendary swordsmith. Masamune, a bi metal created with stainless steel rings and a new material never before seen in the yoyo industry that is only available in Japan called Alumigo Hard. Here is what Sengoku owner Julio Robles has to say about the new alloy:
Alumigo Hard is an high tech alloy that is comparable to and even better than steel, relatively new, commercially available since around 2 years ago and made in Japan only.
In numbers, aluminum 7075 is far behind in all properties. Alumigo Hard also has excellent machinability and resistance to corrosion, and the most important feature is that unlike titanium Alumigo Hard is not extremely expensive.
This new alloy sounds absolutely amazing and the possibilities are endless. With all the talks about the new alloy, what about the yoyo itself? Well Sengoku has already prototyped and finalized the design of Masamune all while fully utilizing Alumigo Hard.
The walls are extremely thin and the Steel rings weighs more than 50% of the aluminum body weight. The rings were placed using nitrogen to shrink and make them able to withstand hits.
The Masamune will be available November 13th at select retailers, as well as direct through Sengoku.
Whether you missed the 2015 World YoYo Contest in Tokyo or were lucky enough to attend, this video should pretty well do the trick for you. Tons of great yoyo tricks from some of the absolute best in the game…Christopher Chia, Shu Takada, Shaqler, Ky Zizan, Colin Beckford, Rei Iwakura, Hank Freeman, and many, many more!
Produced by Burnin’ Berlin x Fist Salud.
Fist Salud brings us an inside look at 44Clash, one of the most talent-stacked and legendary yoyo contests of all time. Featuring Zach Gormley, Ahmad Kharisma, John Ando, Yuuki Spencer, Palli Gudmundsson, Christopher Chia, and more.
John Ando is one of the most influential players of the modern yoyo era and if you don’t know why, this video should clear it up. His unique trick construction showcases the very best of the modern era…truly unique moves and transitions that catch your eye immediately and on closer inspection are simple enough that you can’t imagine why you didn’t think of them yourself. His form and technique are flawless, and it’s no wonder that top level players all over the world cite Ando as a major influence on their play.
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Genesis.
YoYoFactory hit Japan like a Kanagawa wave for the 2015 World YoYo Contest…check out this video of some of the best players of our time enjoying the land of the rising sun.
YoYofficer got in some great filming with their team in Japan during the 2015 World YoYo Contest…check out some solid play by Ma HaiLin (China), Pisco OuYang (China) and Ryan Lim (Malaysia).
Yoyos used are the YoYofficer Quash and YoYofficer R (Proto).
Tyler Severance and Ky Zizan got in some good throwing time with the new Recess Joyride during their trip to Japan for the 2015 World YoYo Contest. Two amazing players at the top of their game…enjoy!
Yoyo used is the Recess Joyride.
Jeffrey Pang just dropped what is quite possibly the greatest post-contest recap video I’ve ever seen for the 2015 World YoYo Contest in Tokyo, Japan. The filming, the editing, the music are all perfect and Jeffrey is the kind of guy who knows how to be where the fun is happening. I missed the contest but after watching this video I feel like I could tell you all about it. Beautiful work.
Hello, and welcome to the absolute most adorable yoyo-related thing you’ll see all year.
Japanese yoyo retailer SpinGear has created two packs of special “stickers” for the popular Japanese messaging app Line, featuring SpinGear owner Takahiko Hasegawa, with appearances by YoYoRecreations’ Kengo Kido, CLYW’s Chris Mikulin, Ayumu Harada, and Harrison Lee, One Drop’s Ryosuke Kawamura, and even YoYoFactory’s Ben McPhee (munching on Mister Donut with his trusty camera around his neck). This is seriously one of the best things ever!
Download the sticker packs at the links below. (If you open them on your mobile phone, they should automatically open in the Line app).
The 2015 Japan National Yo-yo Contest comes to an end with mind-blowing freestyles, and some surprises among the winners!
Videos courtesy of yoyovideoarchive!
In 1A, Takeshi Matsuura retains the National title with yet another superb mastery of slack tricks! Yusuke Otsuka, who’s been better every year, finished second, followed by three of the best players from the new generation: king of 44FESTA Yamato Murata, and C3yoyodesign’s duo Ryuichi Nakamura, and Shion Araya.
2A also saw last year’s champion retain his title, with Takuma Yamamoto finishing with a four-point lead even after shedding two points to yo-yo stoppage. Shu Takada scored an incredible 38.5 out of 40 in evaluation scores and finished second, followed by living legend Shinji Saito.
The biggest upset of the contest was in 3A, where current World Champion Hajime Miura was unable to present his usual consistency and finished in fourth place! The winner, Tomoya Kurita, had a couple of great bangers and pretty good trick volume, giving him the edge over runner-up Mizuki Takimoto and 2010 World Champion Minato Furuta.
Rei Iwakura trampled over all the other 4A contestants with yet another superb freestyle! His evaluation score? 38.7 out of 40! Naoto Onishi was the runner up, over ten points behind Rei, followed by former World Champion Tsubasa Onishi.
5A was up for grabs this year, with neither Takeshi Matsuura or Takuma Inoue competing. Hideo Ishida, who had finished third a few times before, was the clear winner, even with some loss of control during his freestyle. Sora Ishikawa displayed his usual repertoire of bangers, but was hurt by lower trick volume and a -3 deduction for not returning the yo-yo to the hand at the end of the freestyle.
With the World Yo-yo Contest approaching fast, players worldwide are now aware of what to expect from the home field contestants, and Japanese players had the chance to experience the venue that will host the contest in August!
Check the full results below!
The 2015 Japan National Yo-yo Contest is underway and the first day is now over. With very few spots available for finals, many of the crowd favorites didn’t make it, and it just shows how tough competition can be in Japan!
In 1A, most finalists from last year managed to make finals once again, and it’s hard to pick a favorite, although Takeshi Matsuura is probably considered the top contender in most people’s minds, as the current National Champion and World’s #2.
2A is also stacked, with World and National Champion Takuma Yamamoto defending his title against heavyweights Shu Takada, Hiraku Fujii, and Shinji Saito. Also notable is Kiwamu Ebata’s presence among the finalists, where he was last seen in 2007!
The favorite in 3A is no doubt World Champion triple-A machine Hajime Miura, who also qualified for 4A finals!
Speaking of 4A, this is yet another division with the highest level players battling out for the National title. Rei Iwakura, now representing C3yoyodesign, is the man to be defeated, and even with the absence of Naoto Okada, the field still has Futoshi Maruyama, Tsubasa Onishi, and Kazuaki Sugimura, all very experienced players eyeing the title.
5A should be VERY interesting. Takeshi Matsuura and Takuma Inoue are not competing this year, making the winner very hard to predict! Hideo Ishida, 3rd place at Japan Nationals a few times, and Sora Ishikawa, 3rd place at Worlds last year, are the favorites, but the rest of the pack is not too far behind!
Here’s the order for tomorrow’s finals! Who’s your favorite?
Regional contests in Japan really do showcase some of the best yoyo freestyle skills in the world. Winning a regional in Japan is harder than winning most National contests! Check out the full results and video of the winners from the recent North Japan Regionals in Hokkaido.
Thanks to YoYoNews.jp for results and video!
What a formidable scene! 44FESTA went the extra mile on March 8th for the annual 44Festival, teaming up with some of Japan’s best yo-yo clubs for an amazing freestyle contest!
Each of the following yo-yo clubs sent their brightest young talents (and the not-so-young Pon) to the contest:
A brief demo by 1A legend Hiroyuki Suzuki was followed by a 28-player preliminary round to choose the finalists joining the club seeds.
These are the final results, click the names to watch the freestyles!
Click here to watch all of the freestyles and demos!
The next edition of 44FESTA will be held on April 19th! With the World Yo-yo Contest in Tokyo quickly approaching, we can be sure the entire country is more than excited, and every event in Japan this year will certainly attract players looking for every opportunity to practice their freestyles!