提灯鳴り独楽 (chōchin nari goma)
paper lantern howling top
This top is in the shape of a paper lantern. It is a special type of top called nari goma 鳴り独楽, or a “howling top.”
The hole in the side allows air inside, so when it is spun it makes a whistling noise. Click here to see a video of a nari goma being spun.
Below, you’ll find a video of Hiroi-sensei explaining the top, along with transcripts of his explanation.
Hiroi Michiaki: This is narigoma (howling top), and it’s one where if you spin it, a sound like boouuu comes out. This is one type of howling top– there are many, but this is one, and this is a paper lantern narigoma. It’s a narigoma in the shape of a paper lantern.
Janell Landis: Shaped like a lantern.