雨小僧 (young priests in the rain)

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Title:

雨小僧 (amekozō)
young priests in the rain

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This top depicts three young priests gazing up at the rain. When you hold the handle of the base, you are supposed to pick which of the three priest tops you want to move, focus on it, and then carefully jiggle the base back and forth until you get only that one top to spin.

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Hiroi Michiaki: And these are young priests in the rain.

Mrs. Hiroi: Yeah.

Hiroi: The young priests in the rain, for some reason, if you spin it one by one they rotate about.

Mrs. Hiroi: Yeah, that’s right, that’s right, that’s right.

Hiroi: This is in there, isn’t it? Ah, Misa-chan–

Misa: Yes.

Hiroi: This is in there, bring it here. Ahh, there it is, there it is. Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah.

Janell Landis: That’s one I have too. Dusty, yeah.

Hiroi: It gathers dust quickly, right? Because I’m doing my work [here].

Mrs. Hiroi: Yeah. If you polish it, it has a lot of dust.

Hiroi: This, when you go like this, the places you want to spin will spin for you.

Mrs. Hiroi: The place that you think ‘I want it to spin!’ will spin.

Hiroi: Right now I’m thinking that I want this part to spin, though.

Mrs. Hiroi: It’s not spinning.

Hiroi: Huh, I wonder if it’s not going to spin.

Mrs. Hiroi: It spun, it spun, it spun, it spun. It spun, it spun, it spun.

Hiroi: Right.

Mrs. Hiroi: You can do it as you like.

Hiroi: And, this time, this time I think I want this part to spin. Ah–…

Mrs. Hiroi: It’s not spinning; it’s not spinning. This part is spinning.

Hiroi: If you stop it. Only this part. This.

Janell: It spun. It spun.

Mrs. Hiroi: All of it spun. Look look look.

Hiroi: Spin all of them.

Mrs. Hiroi: We got all of the pieces are spinning. This way of spinning, it’s hard.

Hiroi: No, it’s not that hard. You, you want to try?

Mrs. Hiroi: First, [you have to think of] which part you want to spin. This is all of them, though.

Hiroi: But if you spin the part you want to spin, you often set them all spinning, surprisingly. But the part you wanted to spin–

Janell:Look at all of them together.

Paula Curtis: Ahh this is harder than I thought.

Hiroi: Heh heh heh… It’s that kind of thing.

 

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