commentary: ほていのカラコあそび (Hotei playing with karako)

Hiroi Michiaki: This is Hotei (the god of luck) playing with a karako (Chinese doll). If you take this off, there’s a tiny karako top within, and this platform becomes an arena [to spin it in]. When you spin this part, it starts sumo wrestling, clanging about. And so it’s like Hotei is playing with the karako. It’s that sort of top.

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