ピエロ当独楽 (clown roulette-style top)

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ピエロ当独楽 (piero ategoma)
clown roulette-style top

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This top is a roulette-style top of a clown. Ategoma-style tops are used for games. When the handle is spun, the clown’s head spins with it, and its nose points to one of the six numbers. Hiroi-sensei notes that Janell taught him how to write the Roman numerals for this top.

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Mrs. Hiroi: This is like what you saw before…

Hiroi Michiaki: This is, well, it’s a clown.

Mrs. Hiroi: Yes, it’s a clown.

Hiroi: The way you write these numbers, Landis-sensei taught it to me.

Janell Landis: Yeah yeah yeah yeah.

Hiroi: Right.

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