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Kendama Trick Names

These tricks are not listed in order of difficulty.
Japanese script and transliterations kindly provided by Matt Hall. The English names are not necessarily direct translations of the Japanese names: some are, other names have been taken from diabolo (suicides), and others were chosen for their visual imagery, or just because we liked them.
These tricks are all the tricks in a Japanese kendama book.

Trick
Number

Japanese Name
(Japanese script)

Japanese Name
(Roman letters)

English Name
(Notes)

Demo Video
1
大皿 oozara Big cup See 00:02
2
リフティング大皿 rifutingu oozara Knee bounce See 00:03
3
小皿 kozara Small cup See 00:09
4
中皿 chuuzara Base cup See 00:18
5
野球けん yakyuu ken Baseball  
6
ろうそく rousoku Candle See 00:25
7
遠心力 enshinryoku Centrifugal force  
8
つばめ返し tsubame kaeshi Orbit See 00:40
9
はやて中皿 hayate chuuzara Fast hand base cup See 00:47
10
空中ブランコ kuuchuu buranko Trapeze acrobats See 01:35
11
トルネード中皿 toruneedo chuuzara Tornado base cup  
12
もしかめ moshi kame Moshi kame  
13
かじ屋 kajiya Tap-on  
14
大波小波 oonami konami Rock the baby  
15
とめけん tomeken Tomeken  
16
居合いとめけん iai tomeken Faster than gravity  
17
おとしだま otoshi dama Dead drop  
18
掛け軸返しとめけん kakejiku kaeshi tomeken Whirlwind tomeken  
19
やじろべえとめけん yajirobee tomeken Pinkie snatch  
20
つるしとめけん tsurushi tomeken Hanging tomeken  
21
飛行機 hikouki Aeroplane  
22
一回転飛行機 ikkaiten hikouki 1-turn aeroplane  
23
二回転飛行機 nikaiten hikouki 2-turn aeroplane  
24
スクランブル飛行機 sukuranburu hikouki Scramble aeroplane  
25
八の字旋回飛行機 hachi no ji senkai hikouki Figure 8 aeroplane  
26
つるし一回転飛行機 tsurushi ikkaiten hikouki Hanging 1-turn aeroplane  
27
手のひら飛行機 te no hira hikouki Palm aeroplane  
28
ふりけん furiken Swing In (Swing to spike)  
29
うらふりけん ura furiken Reverse swing in  
30
風車ふりけん huusha furiken Gunslinger spike  
31
指切りげんまん yubikiri genman Finger wrap spike  
32
小指姫 koyubi hime Pinkie poke (Swing to Pinkie)  
33
ろうそく返し rousoku kaeshi Candle flip  
34
ろうそくうらふりけん rousoku urafuriken Reverse swing candle flip  
35
ふりけんつむじ風 furiken tsumujikaze Whirlwind furiken  
36
つるしふりけん tsurushi furiken Hanging swing in  
37
村一周 mura isshuu Around the village  
38
県一周 ken isshuu Around the prefecture  
39
日本一周 nihon isshuu Around Japan  
40
ヨーロッパ一周 yooroppa isshuu Around Europe  
41
世界一周 sekai isshuu Around the world  
42
宇宙一周 uchuu isshuu Around the cosmos  
43
皿胴一周 saradou isshuu Around the cross-piece  
44
灯台 toudai Lighthouse  
45
さか落とし saka otoshi Falling down  
46
灯立 touryuu or toutachi or touritsu Build the lighthouse  
47
灯台とんぼ返り toudai tonbogaeri Lighthouse somersault  
48
灯台返し toudai kaeshi Tap in  
49
大皿さか落とし oozara sakaotoshi Big Cup->Fast Hand Aeroplane  
50
一回転灯台 ikkaiten toudai Swing to lighthouse (1-Turn LH)  
51
二回転灯台 nikaiten toudai 2-turn lighthouse  
52
つるし灯台 tsurushi toudai Hanging lighthouse  
53
つるし一回転灯台 tsurushi ikkaiten toudai Hanging 1-turn lighthouse  
54
うずしお灯台 uzushio toudai Whirlpool lighthouse  
55
けん先すべり kensaki suberi Slip spike aka Slip-on-stick  
56
うらけん先すべり urakensaki suberi Backhand slip stick  
57
大皿すべり oozara suberi Big cup slip stick  
58
おすべり osuberi Sisyphus  
59
地球まわし chikyuu mawashi Earth turn  
60
うら地球まわし urachikyuu mawashi Reverse earth turn  
61
はねけん haneken Jumping stick  
62
横はねけん yoko haneken Rotor blade (UFO)  
63
山びこ返し yama bikokaeshi Swing rotor blade  
64
招き猫はねけん maneki neko haneken Beckoning cat  
65
うぐいす uguisu Bird  
66
うぐいすの谷渡り uguisu no taniwatari Bird fly over the valley  
67
銀河系一周 gingakei isshuu Migration  
68
こっくり kokkuri Nodding off  
69
エベレスト eberesuto Everest  
70
すべり止め極意 suberidome gokui Slip grip special  
71
中皿極意 chuuzara gokui Clifftop  
72
大皿極意 oozara gokui Wingwalker  
73
太陽極意 taiyou gokui Backhand slip grip special  
74
月面着陸 getsumen chakuriku Moon landing  
75
たけうま takeuma Bamboo horse (Stilts)  
76
宇宙遊泳 uchuu yuuei Spacewalk  
77
円月殺法 engetsu sappou Moon Circle  
78
稲妻落とし inazuma otoshi Lightning Drop  
79
胡蝶の舞い kochou no mai Repeat Moon Circle  
80
はやぶさ返し hayabusa kaeshi Backcross Spacewalk  
81
ジャピング宇宙遊泳 janpingu uchuu yuuei Jumping Spacewalk  
82
はやて落とし hayate otoshi Fast hand falling down  
83
あやとり ayatori Cat’s cradle  
84
あやとり宇宙ロケット ayatori uchuu roketto Cat’s cradle rocket  
85
おみこし omikoshi Body catch  
86
金魚すくい kingyo sukui Scoop up  
87
竹とんぼ take tonbo Flying top  
88
こま koma Spinning top  
89
きりもみ kirimomi The drill  
90
玉つきさし tama tsukisashi Stab (Stabbing heaven)  
91
すくいけん sukuiken Scoop spike  
92
一回転すくいけん ikkaiten sukuiken 1-Turn Scoop spike  
93
ペンシルまわし penshiru mawashi Turntable  
94
ガンマン ganman Gunslinger  
95
ヘリコプター Herikoputaa Helicopter  
96
手拍子つるし持ち tebyoushi tsurushi mochi Hanging clap  
97
持ちかえわざ mochikaewaza Turnover (Grip Change)  
98
ひっつき虫 hittsuki mushi Thumb trap  
99
秘竜のぼりけん hiryuu noboriken Curl spike  
100
しまいけん shimai ken Wrap up See 00:58

It is worth noting that kendama tricks are divided into fifteen (15) different types. They are:

1. Cup tricks
2. Turtle tricks
3. Pull Up Spike tricks
4. Airplane tricks
5. Swinging Spike tricks
6. Around tricks
7. Lighthouse tricks
8. Slide/Slip tricks
9. Spin tricks
10. Warbler tricks
11. Mastery tricks
12. Freeze (Still) tricks
13. Air tricks
14. Cat’s Cradle tricks
15. Special tricks

 
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