First ever Iwakura City Kids Yo-Yo Contest!

Iwakura City and REWIND partnered up to organize a city-wide kids event on March 21.

Many local kids and parents showed up and enjoyed a day with yo-yo!

REWIND has been working together with Iwakura City, our hometown, to promote yo-yo as one of the many charms of the city itself.

Last year, we gave away Sakura Stream yo-yos to all the 4th grade students in Iwakura and had a performance and teaching session in all five elementary schools in the city.

*Sakura Stream is the yo-yo we developed and produced with Iwakura city and Kurimoto, a plastic molding company in Iwakura.

This event is one program of the “Yo-Yo Town, Iwakura” Project.

Everyone enjoyed many yo-yo games and activities.

We had a teaching session. There were many first-timers there and they enjoyed their first yo-yo experience.

With the experienced kids, we practiced basic moves through mini games.

Iwakura City Mayor, Katsurao Kubota, came and gave a speech.

Team battle! Team representatives competed on stage and showed off their yo-yo skills.

Parents fight! Kids were so excited to cheer on their own parents who were on their same team.

In the main division, Basic Compulsory Tricks, we had three kids tie and had a tie breaker!

Koki Iwata won the main game! He didn’t do well in the last two contests (2018 Japan Junior and 2019 Central Japan), so he finally did it on his third try! Congratulations!

On top of that, Koki’s father also won Throwdown Sudden-death. Koki’s younger brother also won Throwdown Sudden-death. All three won their games!

There were some kids who did well and some who didn’t, but everyone enjoyed and showed their smiles at the end!

It was our first contest specifically for this age group, but thanks to all the participants’ and staff’s help, we could have a successful event. Thank you!

Also, big thanks to Iwakura City and Sightseeing Committee, and Iwakura Rotary Club for funding this event.

Next season we will also have a lot of programs and events coming to promote our own city as “Yo-Yo Town, Iwakura.”

Our goal is for everyone in the city to be able to play yo-yo!


2017 Japan National will have “International Open Freestyle”

JYYF (Japan Yo-Yo Federation) just announced they will have a new division, “International Open Freestyle” at 2017 Japan National Yo-Yo Contest (JN).

 

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!

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(JYYF Official Facebook)


More than $1000 worth in prizes! Dragon Tamer Video Contest by YoYoFactory

YoYoFactory just announced their “Dragon Tamer Video Contest” featuring the YoYoFactory NINE Dragons!

Come up with a new trick utilizing the NINE Dragons’ unique powers and submit your video! The grand prize will be more than $1000 worth of YoYoFactory products, and the top 10 entries’ prizes aren’t too shabby either, so this is definitely a contest you do not want to miss out on!

If you already have a NINE Dragons yo-yo, film your own trick and submit! It’s that easy.

If you DO NOT have a NINE Dragons we are now offering them at a special price, so pick one up while they’re cheap and enter away!

To promote the video contest, we are offering NINE Dragons White Shell (POM) for $20 off right now!

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Thanks to the freely spinning shell, you can do many unique moves with NINE Dragons. Make your own trick and become a world famous dragon tamer!

Dragon Tamer Video Contest!

Welcome to the official Nine Dragons Trick Contest hosted by YoYoFactory! This contest will show off original tricks from players all around the world, along with the limitless possibilities that the Nine Dragons yoyo is capable of handling.
Andrew Hulterstrom has a great video to pull some inspiration from, showing off a collection of tricks for your individual trick video. Check out Andrews video, and be sure to read all the rules below!
You can also check out Dragon Tamer Kevin Nicholas on his Instagram (@nivex) for even more inspiration!

The contest will run for three weeks, giving everyone plenty of time to create, film, and upload an original trick. The contest will start Friday, November 11th and end Sunday, December 4nd.

Prizes! To determine the winner, we at YoYoFactory will pick our top 10 favorite tricks, and hold a fan voting contest over the following week. This will determine the winner of the Dragon Trainer Video Contest! Our top ten favorites will all win a NINE Dragons pack which, includes $200+ in prizes of everything you will need for you Nine Dragons. This includes, but is not limited to, colored shells, spare bearings, and miscellaneous parts. The Grand Prize winner, who will be picked by popular vote, will receive the ULTIMATE PRIZE PACK which includes every new YoYoFactory release in the beginning of 2017, along with the previous mentioned NINE Dragon pack, guaranteeing over $1000 in retail value.

Dragon Trainer Video Contest Rules:
In order to enter, one must create, upload, and name an original trick using the Nine Dragons yoyo to YouTube titled “YoYoFactory Nine Dragons Trick – [Insert trick name here]”.  Once your video is uploaded, send us an email to contact@yoyofactory.com with a link to your video so we can see it! We will email you back to confirm that we received it and you are officially entered. All contestants are allowed to upload multiple videos of different original tricks. If there is a duplicated trick, the first upload of that trick will be considered for the prizes.
Any previous Nine Dragons owner who submits a video entry will receive a free pair of shells, and if you need a pair of shells in order to enter, just email us at contact@yoyofactory.com and we will send you a new pair.
All of our favorite videos will be listed on YoYoFactory.com as recommended tricks for new and old players to learn in our trick gallery, using your original trick names!

Off Topic: In Aichi, Japan, where the REWIND main office is, we have a professional baseball team called the “Chunichi Dragons,” so every time I see the name NINE Dragons, it looks like “Dragons Nine” (what we call the starting members for the Dragons team). Haha, yeah that was TOTALLY off topic… 😛


Cerevo 7-Magic Preorder

At long last, the light-up yo-yo that you didn’t know was possible will soon be released!

Make way for Cerevo’s 7-Magic!

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The 7-Magic is a super bright light-up yo-yo with programmable LED with C3yoyodesign’s Initiator as its base.

It is equipped with 21 super bright LED lights on each side, which you can program for timing, color, and patterns, through your bluetooth-enabled computer.

It comes with two sets of spacers, a set for looping (same as the regular Initiator) and a set for sleeping (setting for regular play).

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This is a sample performance of all the things the 7-Magic can do.

BLACK, one of the world’s most well-known yo-yo performers, helped with the development of the 7-Magic. In the video above, he used the 7-Magic in his brand-new show.

After performing in KURIOS, a Cirque du Soleil show, BLACK set his sights on expanding the possibilities of yo-yo. This project became possible through Black’s collaboration with the CEO of Cerevo, and after months of development it’s now on its way to becoming one of the most innovative yo-yos in the scene.

You can preorder Cerevo’s 7-Magic now!

We are now taking preorders. Once we receive the yo-yos from the maker we will ship them out. We expect to be able to ship within the month of November. If you order any other items with this yo-yo, everything in your order will be shipped together after we receive the 7-Magic. We recommend ordering the 7-Magic separately from other items if you need them sooner.

Note: The yo-yo is designed to be used within Japan. Any use of this yo-yo outside of Japan will be out of maker’s customer support/warranty. Please use the yo-yo at your own risk.