The post-contest blues hit hard after the absolutely fantastic World Yo-yo Contest in Japan, but the good folks at 44FESTA are ready to keep the ball rolling!
Our favorite regular yo-yo meeting celebrated its 2nd anniversary on August 29th, with their usual fun for the whole family.
The mini-contest was a 32-player single elimination battle fought with randomly drawn old-school tricks.
Maybe you’d expect 1999 World Champion Takumi Nagase and the legend himself, Master Nakamura, to easily crush their opponents in a contest where the weapons ranged from Walk the Dog to Rocket in the Pocket, but the new generation proved their skill is not limited to freestyles and unresponsive yo-yos.
Yamato Murata and Hajime Miura were the finalists in the contest, with Yamato Murata emerging victorious in the last round.
The freestyle contest switched from 2 to 3 minutes this time, but there was no single winner. Instead, each of the 44FESTA crew members and C3yoyodesign (represented by Shinya Kido) elected their own winner based on personal preferences:
- Nody Award: Shota Saga
- Eto Award: Tomoyuki Kaneko
- Bryan Award: Daiki Tanaka
- Jun Award: Yamato Murata
- Hassy Award: Yuki Takakura
- Masa Award: Tomohiko Zanka
- C3yoyodesign Award: Yoshimi Koga
The attendees were also asked to vote for the 44FESTA MVP, and the people’s choice was the two-time World Champion and impossibly talented boy-wonder Hajime Miura!
44FESTA will also be especially active during the off-contest season in Japan, expanding the widely successful 44FESTIVAL to three events!
44FESTIVAL East will be held on October 31st, in Yamato, Kanagawa
44FESTIVAL West will be held on December 19th, in Matsubara, Osaka
44FESTIVAL Final will be held on March 20th, and the location is yet to be determined.
The events are open to sponsorship, so if you are interested in supporting 44FESTIVAL, be sure to contact the organizers on the event’s site.
Also be sure to check the next edition of 44FESTA, which will be held next Sunday!