お酒のみホテイ (osakenomi hotei)
“sake-drinking Hotei (god of luck)”
This top depicts Hotei, one of the Seven Lucky Gods from Chinese folklore. In the West, he is known as the Laughing Buddha, and is often depicted as a cheerful fat bald man. Often shown entertaining others, here he is depicted drunk. The base in which the top is spun is shaped like a sake cup, and when the Hotei top finishes spinning, it looks like he has drunkenly fallen over.
Hiroi Michiaki: Ah. This is the drunken Hotei (god of luck).
Mrs. Hiroi: Yeah.
Mrs. Hiroi: The drunken Hotei is intoxicated.
Hiroi: This is the god of luck Hotei from the Seven Lucky Gods. He’s drunk, and if you spin him, he staggers about inside of a sake cup. And in the end he flops and falls over.