提灯鳴り独楽 “paper lantern howling top”

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提灯鳴り独楽 (chōchin nari goma)
paper lantern howling top

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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.

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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.

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