金魚とふぐつり独楽 (kingyo to fugu tsurigoma)
goldfish and puffer fish string-release top
These tops depict a puffer fish and a goldfish. They are both tsurigoma, or string-release tops, which are spun by wrapping a string carefully around the top as shown in the photo to the right. They are then spun by releasing the top with a sharp toss towards the ground.
Hiroi Michiaki: And this is a string-release top… It’s a puffer fish and a goldfish.
Mrs. Hiroi: Yeah.