Isaac Newton-Inspired Apple Kendama by Yasuhiro Suzuki

It is perhaps one of the most famous anecdotes in the history of science. In 1666, a young Isaac Newton is sitting in his garden when an apple falls on his head. In a stroke of brilliant insight, he comes up with a theory of understanding gravitational force. Applying that anecdote to play is artist Yasuhiro Suzuki, who came up with the idea of replacing the ball of a kendama with an apple.

A kendama is a traditional Japanese toy that dates back to the 1700s. Inherently relying on gravity, the user pulls the ball upward and tries to land it on 1 of the 3 holes or 1 spike, each varying in difficulty. Ken means sword, and refers to the main body. Dama (or tama) means ball.

The Apple Kendama is available in the Spoon & Tamago Shop, along with a set of the tops, also designed by Suzuki, that invert themselves when spun at high velocity.

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  1. I love this, is there any chance of getting one In Europe? The nicest Tama I have seen in a long time =)

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