竹にすずめ (sparrow in bamboo)

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竹にすずめ (take ni suzume)
“sparrow in bamboo”

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This top depicts a sparrow and bamboo stalk. According to Hiroi-sensei, sparrows are said to make their homes in bamboo groves.

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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.

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