Alright it’s 11:30 and I just got home so we’re gonna do this quick and dirty.
The kendama I bought about two and a half months ago has worn down significantly. I say that, but there’s a noticeable waxy coating on the ball that sufficiently protects it from dents and major scratches. But it’s still obvious to the eye that it’s gotten quite a bit of use.
Unlike other toys and tricks that I pick up, I think it’s going to take a long time before I get tired with the kendama. One reason has to do with its simplicity in the amount of tricks you can do. Put the ball in the cup, transfer the ball from one cup to another, stick the ball in the needle, and other variations on the same principle. Simple to understand, hard to master. And each failure only motivates me to try harder.
The other reason is the sound.
To put it another way, it’s borderline therapeutic to occupy time with this toy. There’s an audible ‘clack’ that comes with a successful catch and a recognizable sliding noise when you fit the needle into the ball.
Both of these sounds are amazing to me for some reason. I don’t know when I’ll ever get tired of it. Once I do, though, that’ll probably be the time I finally shelve the kendama and forget about it for many years.