Players of kendama, a traditional Japanese cup-and-ball game, have been battling for a world title at a tournament in Tokyo.
About 40 people took part in the JKA World Open Kendama Festa on Sunday.
Past champions were among the contestants, including last year's winner from the United States.
Players competed one on one in preliminary matches in the morning. The first person to perform two randomly selected 12 techniques progressed.
Japanese high school student, Kenji Hata, from Tokyo, said he is glad that he could compete with world-class players.