おちょこ (sake cup)

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Title:

おちょこ (ochoko)
sake cup

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This top is called “sake cup” and depicts a person holding on tightly to an inverted umbrella during a strong typhoon. The title and the top together form a pun, as the inverted umbrella looks like a sake cup (ochoko) and will collect water from the rain, which looks like sake. When the top is spun, the figure clatters about and looks like it is struggling to hold onto the umbrella in strong winds.

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Hiroi Michiaki: And this is– ah, this is “sake cup.” When it’s raining during a typhoon, on days when the wind is strong, your umbrella goes FWOOOSH and goes like this [inside out]. And [this figure] is doing their best to hold on.

Janell Landis: I received that eight years ago.

Hiroi: Yeah. If you spin this it clatters about and looks like they’re struggling [to hold on].

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