Who we are

JKA Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow

Founded in 1975 the JKA was created to help codify the play of kendama into a sport and to promote it across Japan.  They also incorporated the concept of “Dō” to help develop both the mind and character. This training is similar to that in Japanese martial arts some of which even include “Dō” in their names like Judo, Kendo, and Aikido.

Today, as the oldest kendama organization in the world, the JKA strives to maintain its connection with its past while looking forward to the future by connecting with kendama players around the world.

The Japan Kendama Association is certified as a Public Interest Incorporated Corporation (Kōeki Shadanhōjin – 公益社団法人) and operates as a non-profit.

Mission:

  1. Communicate, teach, and promote the traditions of kendama
  2. Improve the technology and method as a modern sport
  3. Integrate with schools, clubs, and others interested in learning about kendama
  4. Promote kendama as a life-long sport with players of all ages
  5. Internationalize by fostering international communication and cultural exchange

けん玉の響きは平和の響き。( kendama no hibiki wa heiwa no hibiki)
The sound of kendama is the sound of peace.

1975

Japan Kendama Association was founded
Established association headquarters in Nishitokyo (formerly Tanashi, Tokyo)
Kazuo (Issei) Fujiwara, became the first Chairman

Abbreviation of Japan Kendama Association changed to “NKK”
(Nihon Kendama Kyōkai)

1977
1978

1st Moshikame Record Challenge
Established Kendama-dō Class Certification Table

1st All Japan Kendama-dō Championships

1979
1982

Patent registration (No. 1427755): Kendama “utility model” (実用新案)

1st first authorized license workshop

1984
1985

1st Japan Kendama Association Cup (JKA Cup) competition

1st Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology – All Japan Boys & Girls Kendama Championships

1990
1991

Abbreviation of Japan Kendama Association changed to “JKA”

First Chairman Kazuo (Issei) Fujiwara passes away 
Kinjiro Nomura (Vice Chairman) became the second Chairman

1994
1995

Yoshio Kanai (Advisor) became the third Chairman

Relocated the association headquarters to Misaki-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 
Changed the name from the Moshikame Record Challenge to the All Japan Kendama Moshikame Championship

F16-2 kendama created

2001
2002

Acquired non-profit organization (NPO) certification from the Cabinet Office

1st All Japan Class Ranked Kendama-dō Championships
1st Kendama Painting Contest
Patent registration (No. 1193238): Kendama design

2003
2005

1st All Japan Kendama Performance Tournament
Patent registration (No. 3641440): Kendama design

1st All Japan Masters Kendama-dō Championship

2008
2009

Teruki Maruishi (Executive Director) is appointed as the fourth Chairman. 
Relocated association headquarters to Kanda Jinbōchō, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

35th anniversary of the association
1st All Japan Team Championship
1st extension teacher training course held (May 29, Osaka)

2010.5
2012.1

Organization changed to a general incorporated association

Renewal of association website

2013.6
2014.3

Reorganized as a Public Interest Incorporated Association
Yoshinori Matsunaga (Vice Chairman) is appointed as the fifth Chairman

40th anniversary of the association

2015.5

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