This top depicts a wild boar. Wild boar are often found in the mountains of Japan. When the top is spun, the boar below taps its feet as if digging its hooves into the ground. Hiroi-sensei made this design to celebrate the year of the boar.
Hiroi Michiaki: This is a wild boar.
Mrs Hiroi: Mm.
Hiroi: This… I wonder if this is one I made in the year of the boar.
Mrs. Hiroi: Yeah.
Hiroi: When you spin it, the boar goes tap tap tap tap tap…
Janell Landis: (laughs)
Hiroi: It’s like it’s going around digging and doing this, you know?