Kendama Connects the World
On this episode, we meet US-born Shelby Brown in the city of Nagai in Yamagata Prefecture. Shelby is passionate about kendama, a traditional Japanese toy with which one can do many spectacular tricks, and that's now popular worldwide. Shelby hopes to help enliven his beloved town of adoption through kendama. We follow him as he's about to take part in the Kendama World Cup. We also take a look at the beautiful flower arrangement work of Canadian Daniel Patterson, an ikebana artist in Yokohama.
Believing kendama connects people, Shelby teaches its wonders to children
Shelby asks his mentor Akimoto Satoru for advice on a trick with which he's having difficulty
To promote the appeal of his adoptive Nagai City, Shelby aims for a high score at an international event
Daniel hopes to become a grand master and teach people all over the world about ikebana