Kamiwaza — “Godly Skill”

“Kamiwaza” is a Japanese word meaning “godly skill”.

This video is a little over twelve minutes long and shows the winner of a ‘Kamiwaza contest’ (I don’t read Japanese, so I’m largely inferring from observation, and my wife confirmed that that’s more or less what’s happening here).

This person basically builds a large mobile in his hand… and caps it with another balancing feat, then demonstrates how little room for error he actually had.

My reactions along the way:

  • Hmm, what’s this?
  • Okay, this is cool.
  • No way, this is crazy.
  • Ha! he missed one… no, no way.
  • That is badass.
  • It would be cool if he… yeah, that close.

I’ve seen a few comments along the lines of “I think I just held my breath for twelve minutes”, and it does feel kind of like that.

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