Hi, I’m Rei Iwakura!
Hello, I’m Rei Iwakura.
I am pleased to announce that I joined Yo-Yo Company Inc.!
I have been playing yo-yo for over 20 years as a competitor and performer. Also, yo-yo has given me so many precious things in my life.
Through working at REWIND, I hope I can contribute to the yo-yo culture, contest scene, and people in the community.
From now on, I will be in charge of international marketing.
When I have been at the world yo-yo contests and some national yo-yo contests in other countries, I have always been surprised and impressed by the uniqueness and excitement of the yo-yo scene in each country. And I also remember strongly that those local yo-yo players welcomed me a lot with their kindness.
With the gratitude I felt at that time, I would love to help you from Japan to enrich your yo-yo life in return for everything I have received from others before.
I will be updating the REWIND Worldwide accounts on social media, so please feel free to leave messages and comments. I will check and reply!
I am an 8-time Japan national champion and 7-time world champion. Overall, I’m guessing I have more than 40 champion titles in total.
I am not only a competitor, but also a yo-yo performer. I perform a yo-yo show at many types of performance festivals and stages. My main style is “Off String”, and Soloham tricks (2 off string yo-yos simultaneously!). I also judge at contests and teach yo-yoing to kids.
I am also very much into digging through yo-yo history. I love to find historical yo-yo stories, and I want to share those with you through our social media in the future.
Favorite foods and drinks: Soba, Yogurt, Red Bull.
Rei’s Contest Titles
- 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019 World Yo-Yo Contest 4A division 1st
- 2009 World Yo-Yo Contest AP division 1st
- 2006, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 Japan National Yo-Yo Contest 4A division 1st
- 2010 Asia Pacific Yo-Yo Championships 4A division 1st
- 2006~2019 Japan Yo-Yo League (Regional Contest) 4A division 1st (14 years continuous)
- 2011, 2012 44CLASH X division 1st
- 2018 International Juggling, Yo-Yo, Diabolo contest “MOYO STAGE” 4A division 1st
In total, over 40 yo-yo contest champion titles so far.
- C3yoyodesign Contest Team
- Japan Yo-Yo Federation (Head Judge/Official Demonstrator)
- International Yo-Yo Federation (Official Judge)
- World Yo-Yo Champion Performance Team “SPIN stAr”
- CRESTEC Inc. (Official Supporter for my contest activities. My former work place!)
Rei has Performed at
- Fukuyama International Daidougei Buskers Grand-Prix (Silver award, Spain judge award)
- Kakogawa Daidougei Festival (Silver medal)
- TED x nagoyaU (Speaker, Performer)
- Red Bull Street Style Japan Final (Guest Performance)
- bactopec (Japan national championship of freestyle basketball tournament) (Guest Performance)
- Daidogei World Cup in Shizuoka 2019 ON section (as World Yo-Yo Champion Team “SPIN stAr”)
…and many other performance festivals and stage events.
Winning freestyle at 2018 Japan Nationals. This is one of the best freestyles in my yo-yo career. It was a super fun 3 minute freestyle and I really enjoyed it on the stage. I still remember the amazing view from the stage after my act.
Promotion video for Flawless 2020. I showed all my new tricks I had originally planned to perform at 2020 WYYC. This is the most skillful off string video I’ve ever released.
Rei’s Social Media
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rei_4A
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rei4a/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rei.iwakura.7/
A Life with Yo-Yo
Learn new tricks, compete/watch at contests, perform in front of an audience or enjoy watching the show, hang out with yo-yo friends, research history, collect favorite yo-yos and so on…
I believe the answers to the question of “how to enjoy yo-yo?” are countless and each person has their own answer.
I hope you enjoy yo-yo in your own way, and please let me support your enjoyment of yo-yo as a member of REWIND!