commentary: 梅と鶯 (plum blossom and bush warbler)

Hiroi Michiaki: Umm. This is–

Mrs. Hiroi: This is, oh, a whistle.

Hiroi: No this is different, it’s a howling top of a bush warbler on a plum blossom.

Mrs. Hiroi: So the bush warbler spins.

Hiroi: It’s a howling top.

Mrs. Hiroi: Eh? It’s not a whistle top?

Hiroi: No, no.  This is, umm… ah, I know. Yeah. You wrap the string here, and if you hold this bush warbler and pull it, this is a top that makes a pooouu noise. It’s in the shape of a plum blossom, a bush warbler on a plum blossom.

Mrs. Hiroi: Yeah, the bottom is a plum blossom. Plum.

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