金魚とふぐつり独楽 (goldfish and puffer fish string-release top)

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金魚とふぐつり独楽 (kingyo to fugu tsurigoma)
goldfish and puffer fish string-release top

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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.

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Hiroi Michiaki: And this is a string-release top… It’s a puffer fish and a goldfish.

Mrs. Hiroi: Yeah.

 

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