Hello, this is Karibe, m(__)m
I have received many warm words from customers who read my last feature article, "Stingray - NAMM Anniversary Model Celebrating 100th Anniversary! ～We received many warm words from our customers who read our last issue, "Stingray - The 100th Anniversary Model of NAMM! Once again, thank you very much to everyone who took the time to read it. m(__)m!
This time, we would like to introduce not one but an extra edition of "Yo-Yo"!(I think most of you may think, "Why? I think most of you will think "Why?", but please read this column for more details.♪
One day at a pub.
I happened to be sitting behind him,
I happened to find a yo-yo attached to my bag when the president was about to pass behind my seat,
What's this? What's this?
Is this it? It's a yo-yo!
You play the yo-yo?
Yes, I probably collect more than musical instruments (laughs)
(Laughs) We get a lot of international customers, so I think it would be fun to make original yo-yos for them to take home as souvenirs. There are many apparel and novelty related products, but it would be interesting and unexpected if a music store made a real yo-yo (laughs).
(Laughs) Okay, I'll give you permission to make it! I'll give you permission to make it!
A few days later, I contacted "Spin Gear", a yo-yo store in Akihabara and Nishi-Hachioji, Tokyo. I went to the shop for a meeting later that day.
We visited the AKIBA CULTURES ZONE store.
Yo-Yo Shop Spin Gear Akihabara
AKIBA Culture's ZONE 3F-D, 1-7-6 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku
Open all year round, weekdays 12:00-20:00, weekends and holidays 13:00-20:00
The whole wall is yo-yo! Collectors' items such as Coca-Cola, Detective Skeban, and Hyper Yo-Yo are on display!♪
On the wall, there is an autograph of Mr. "Alex Garcia", a nostalgic name for the Hyper Yo-Yo generation! I wish I could have had it... It was a weekday, but there were a lot of visitors.
Profile of Takahiko Hasegawa "TAKA":
Born in 1975, Hasegawa is the 2002/2005/2011 AP World Yo-Yo Champion, the 2000 Team Play World Champion, and the 1999 world's first to perfect the "Solo Hum," the most difficult technique to control two yo-yos with a single hand. In 2003, he became the first non-American to receive the Yo-Yo Master Award for his contribution to the yo-yo world. He is active as a professional instructor, performer, coordinator, and judge. In 2011, he started his own yo-yo store in Akihabara, Tokyo, where he works as a manager and performer.
*A quote from a page of Yo-Yo Tomonkai.
The man of your dreams is right in front of you!
I must have met him several times...but I was extremely nervous...lol Before the meeting, he showed me some of his techniques.
Takahiko Hasegawa "TAKA" YOYO PLAY!!!
And here is one of his signature moves, "Solo Ham"!
Well...I wish I could do it again!
Thank you very much for your time.
We had already sent them a design proposal, but this time, in addition to the "TC Gakki" logo, they wanted to include the logos of the brands involved in the production of the instruments. I was so selfish that I asked him to put the logo of the brand that was involved in the production of the product on the board.
Thank you very much for this wonderful collaboration!
And this time, from among many yo-yos,
- yo-yos that can be enjoyed by both beginners and those who have played before.
- High quality models at a price that even students can afford.
- Low maintenance yo-yos that can be enjoyed by changing strings
We chose these models based on the concept of "I wish you all the best in your yo-yos!
The day's meeting ended with a discussion about the instrument.
The "Journey" is a plastic model representing YOYOJAM. The basic "butterfly" shape of the yo-yo has a thick, all-plastic body, yet it is stable and popular with a wide range of players, from yo-yo beginners to competitive players. It is a popular yo-yo to purchase when returning from the hyper yo-yo boom of about 10 years ago, and it is also a popular model for step-up and competition yo-yos. It has established itself as a step-up yo-yo and an entry-level competition yo-yo.
・ Manufacturer: Yo-Yo Jam
・ Style : String Trick
・ Weight : approx. 61g
・ Diameter : 57mm
・ Width : 42mm
・ Body material : Polycarbonate/ABS etc.
・ Response : 0 rings
・ Bearing (shaft) : C size bearing (standard is flat)
・ Binding : Both binding and pulling back
However, yo-yo oil is required separately for the pull-back setting. Some quotes are from Spin Gear's product page.
For creating your own original Journey,
We received a special message from Yo-Yo Master TAKA!
Thank you for reading to the end. m(__)m
Well, now... this time, "Caribe's My Personal Favorite Piece - Extra Edition" is almost a column about my personal hobby (lol).
My personal hobby, "yo-yo".
I'm just a nameless staff member of a small music store, but I'm sure there are many guitarists and bassists who say, "I've never yo-yo'd before! I would be very happy if I could help guitarists, bassists, and yo-yo players who say, "I've never played a yo-yo before," and also if I could help yo-yo players to get interested in music and musical instruments. We hope we can help you in any way we can.
This is the 6th column in the Watakyu series.
I am not sure if there will be a next installment, as I always say. Please look forward to the next installment of "Caribe's My Favorite One".
If you have any questions about musical instruments or yo-yos, please contact us at TC Music Instruments and Caribe.♪
Yo-Yo Shop Spin Gear
YoYoJam | The Choice of Champions