Nari Koma Whistle Spinning Top

Traditional Japanese toy

Samurai warriors had special arrows with a bulb attached to the tip so that, when shot, they would make an unworldly sound to scare their enemies. Street performers in the big samurai cities like Edo (present-day Tokyo), Osaka, and Kyoto had special spinning tops with similar shapes that, when spun, would make an eerie sound to excite their audiences. With the Nari Koma Whistle Spinning Top, you too can travel back in time to the busy streets of 18th-century Edo and entertain your family and friends!

The Nari Koma Whistle Spinning Top is 138 mm (5.4") tall, has a diameter of 77 mm (3"), and weighs about 130 g (4.6 oz). This is rather big for a spinning top but it needs to be to have the mass necessary to produce the spectral sound that delighted the people of Edo. It comes with a string so you can spin it easily and has been made by traditional craftspeople using the techniques and tools of their predecessors two hundred years ago. In other words, other than an interesting toy, this top is also a piece of Edo (1600-1868) culture and a veritable collector's item!

Specs and Features:

  • Sound-producing spinning top
  • Comes with string for spinning
  • Diameter: 77 mm (3")
  • Height: 138 mm (5.4")
  • Weight: approx. 130 g (4.6 oz)
  • Handmade in Japan by traditional spinning top craftspeople
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US$ 40