竹にすずめ (take ni suzume)
“sparrow in bamboo”
This top depicts a sparrow and bamboo stalk. According to Hiroi-sensei, sparrows are said to make their homes in bamboo groves.
Hiroi Michiaki: This is… ah. This is also a sparrow in the bamboo. This is the sparrow and this is the bamboo. When you wrap the string around this part it spins about.