Check out this great contest video of the 2017 Japan National YoYo Contest. The JYYF does such an amazing job with all of their events, and a video like this really captures what an intense, high-level competition this is. If you’ve never been to a Japanese national championship, make it a priority!
2017 Japan National YoYo Contest
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!
JYYF Announces Throwdown Event
The JYYF announced a new yoyo contest in Japan called Throwdown, and it’s a collaboration with Avex Sports, a major Japanese record label and talent agency.
The JYYF Throwdown will take place on Oct. 9, 2016 at Shinjuku Face, a concert venue just a few minutes walk from the JR Shinjuku Station (East Exit). It appears to be an invitation-only event, with top name competitors from Japan and the rest of the world competing in a new contest format designed for maximum entertainment. Details are scarce so far, but we’ll update as more information is released.
2016 Japan Nationals Results – Yusuke Otsuka Wins!
The results are in for the 2016 Japan Nationals, arguably one of the biggest and toughest national yoyo contests in the world. 1A was an upset, with Takeshi Matsuura being favored to win and instead taking second place to a killer routine from Yusuke Otsuka. Takuma Yamamoto clinched another 2A title easily enough, while 3A player Tomoya Kurita took a commanding win over current World Champion Hajime Miura! In the 4A division, Rei Iwakura proves he is still absolutely untouchable, and Takeshi Matsuura easily took home top honors in the 5A Division. Check out all of the winning freestyles below, along with full scoring breakdowns.
1st Place – Yusuke Otsuka
2nd Place – Takeshi Matsuura
3rd Place – Ryuichi Nakamura
1st Place – Takuma Yamamoto
1st Place – Tomoya Kurita
1st Place – Rei Iwakura
1st Place – Takeshi Matsuura
2015 World YoYo Contest – See You In Tokyo!
First shown at the conclusion of the 2014 World YoYo Contest in Prague, this teaser has everyone excited for the upcoming 2015 World YoYo Contest in Tokyo!
In the hands of the IYYF and the Czech YoYo Association, the World YoYo Contest got a massive level-up this year with the best production value we’ve ever seen. In the hands of the Japanese YoYo Federation, I think it’s safe to assume we’ll see the contest continue to grow and improve. See you in Tokyo!
2014 Japan YoYo League Schedule
The JYYF announced the dates for the 2014 Japan YoYo League. As in 2013, the league will feature six regional contests and finish with the Japan National YoYo Contest.
Check the dates below:
- January 12th – East Japan YoYo Contest A-Block, in Chiba
- February 15th – West Japan YoYo Contest, in Osaka
- March 2nd – South Japan YoYo Contest, in Fukuoka
- March 22nd – Central Japan YoYo Contest, in Aichi
- Late March – North Japan YoYo Contest, in Hokkaido
- April 12th – East Japan YoYo Contest B-Block, in Kanagawa
- May 3rd-4th – Japan National YoYo Contest, in Tokyo
Head to the JYYF website for more information!
2012 Japan Yo-yo League Kicks Off: Takeshi Matsuura Wins 1A at East Japan A
The 2012 Japan Yo-yo League officially started last weekend with the East Japan A Block Contest in Tokyo!
EJ has traditionally been a very strong regional contest, with the main Japanese competitors taking part. This year the contest was divided into two blocks, A and B. Block B will be held in Ichikawa City, in February.
In the A Block, Yoyojam’s prodigy and 5A World Champion Takeshi Matsuura surprised onlookers by winning the 1A division, ahead of YoyoRecreation’s Takahiro Iizuka, in 3rd, and Kento Noda, in 2nd. Is Takeshi Matsuura, who has won Japan Nationals in both 3A and 5A before, now aiming for the 1A title as well? Also worth noting is that 1A was the only division Takeshi competed in at EJ-A.
The winners in the other divisions were veteran Shuhei Kanai in 2A, Ken Takabayashi in 3A, Youhei Kagawa in 4A and Sora Ishikawa in 5A. Ishikawa was also the winner of the 44CLASH KIKSTYO Battle Tournament last month, and should be a contender for the Japanese title. 5A runner-up was Duncan Crew’s Shingo “Terry” Terada, who is still competing after more than 10 years in the scene!
The league continues next year with more regional contests throughout the country and finally the national contest:
- December 4th, 2011 – East Japan A Block Contest (EJ-A), Tokyo
- January 28th, 2012 – Central Japan Contest (CJ), Iwakura City
- February 4th, 2012 – East Japan B Block Contest (EJ-B), Ichiwaka City
- February 25th, 2012 – North Japan Contest (NJ), Sapporo
- March 11th, 2012 – South Japan Contest (SJ), Kasuya District
- April 21st, 2012 – West Japan Contest (WJ), Osaka
- June 30th, 2012 – Japan National Yo-yo Contest, Ichikawa City