2019JN will have “International Open Freestyle (IOF)”

Yes, you can compete and perform at the 2019JN stage!

IOF is a place all visitors from outside of Japan can compete. You can perform any style (choose one). Yet, score is still judged same way as A divisions.

Detail for International Open Freestyle (2019)

Contest Info

2019JN – 2019.6.22-23
  • Contest Name: 2019 Japan National Yo-Yo Contest (2019JN)
  • Date: June 22-23, 2019
  • Place: Yokohama Educational Hall (Yokohama Kyoiku Kaikan)

10-minute walk from Sakuragi-cho Station (JR)

Live Stream

YouTube LIVE and NicoNico Live (Plan)

Contest Divisions

  • 1A Division
  • 2A Division
  • 3A Division
  • 4A Division
  • 5A Division
  • Compulsory Trick: Advanced Division
  • Over-40 Freestyle
  • Women’s Freestyle
  • Art & Performance Division
  • International Open Freestyle

Contest Structure

  • JYYF runs five Regionals and one National in 2019.
  • Contestant can compete in ONLY one Regional, but wherever they want (per division).
  • The top 10 of Regionals with certain score, the finalists of 2018JN and top 5 of 2017JN can compete in 2019JN Semi-Final. There will be WildCard Round for everybody else to compete.
  • The five regional champions and last year’s champion of each division will be seeded to the 2019JN Final round. (If the regional champion is last year’s National Champion, the seed goes to the player in 2nd place.)
Seeded Players
WJ Akira Namba Arata Imai Yuto Yamaguchi Tsubasa Onishi Naoya Takeuchi
SJ Izuru Hasumi Yuki Takami Yuki Fujisawa Shotaro Masuda Ryosuke Ito
CJ Ryuichi Nakamura Akira Kato Minato Furuta Ryo Oishi Shigehiro Yamada
EJ Toru Miyazaki Kiwamu Ebata Takumi Yasumoto Takumi Yasumoto Naoki Uemae
NJ Kohei Nishimura Hajime Sakauchi Mizuki Takimoto Yuki Uchida Yoshihiro Abe
2018JN Shion Araya Takuma Yamamoto Tomoya Kurita Rei Iwakura Hideo Ishida


Freestyle Rule (Summary)

  • Final: 3 minute freestyle
  • Semi-Final: 90 second freestyle
  • Wild-Card: 30 second freestyle
  • Music stops between 3:00 to 3:01
  • No yo-yoing on stage before the music starts. No throw-downs, no adjustments. No starts with sleeping or mounting position allowed.
  • Catch yo-yo(s) immediately after the music ends. If the player cannot catch, deductions happen until the player leaves the stage.
  • No getting off the stage during the performance, even for getting yo-yos the player lost from the stage. If the player steps off from the stage, the performance ends there.
  • No sitting on the edge of the stage. No standing on the edge. Can be DQed.
  • No props allowed. Only yo-yos, strings, counter-weights, gloves, and tray (contest provides).
  • No bags, yo-yo cases, clothes, jackets, tables on the stage. For supervising belongings reason, bag, wallet, cell phone allowed on the end of the stage.

Freestyle Scoring

Same as IYYF rule (WYYC2018)


JYYF Supports Flights for Winners

Since 2012, JYYF has been supporting all five JN winners travel fees to WYYC. In 2017, there was an important change pertaining to sponsorship and yo-yos used by players. We are able to provide this thanks to the generous support of all of our sponsors. JYYF has decided to support flights only for champions who use yo-yos from JN sponsors (and will use yo-yos from JN sponsors at WYYC). If the champion is not qualified, the runner-up will receive the benefit. If the runner-up is not qualified, the contestant in third place will receive it. 4th place or lower do not qualify. We made this change in hopes that it will help to promote sponsors who support our activities regularly.

Contestant/Visitor Fee

  • Visitor: JPY 3000 (JPY2000 for pre-purchase) / JPY 2000 for only final day / JPY 6000 for VIP Seating ticket
  • Contestant: JPY 6000 for each division (You must be a JYYF member to compete. Membership comes with injury insurance.)

Event Size

  • Expected Number of Visitors for Japan National: 600-800 (including players and staff)
  • Expected Number of Contestants for Japan National: 100-200

About Organization: JYYF

  • Name: Japan Yo-Yo Federation (JYYF)
  • Legal Entity: General Incorporated Association (Since 2010)
  • Representative Board Director: Hironori Mii
  • Holding National Contest: Since 1999

If you are considering to visit, please contact us at info (at) jyyf.org

  • Rei Iwakura (Head Judge)
  • Hironori Mii
  • Kazuki Okada
  • Naoto Okada
  • Shuhei Kanai
  • Atsushi Yamada
  • Jun Aramaki
  • Takuma Yamamoto
  • Yasushi Furukawa
  • Kunihisa Kawabe
  • Taiichiro Higashi
  • Yasuki Tachibana
  • Shinya Kido
  • Naoya Takeuchi
  • Takao Morioka
  • Yusuke Otsuka
  • Hiroyasu Ishihara
  • Hiroaki Yoshii
  • Yohei Kagawa


(Last Update: 2019.5.5)