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Many of today’s older generations in Japan spent a lot of time in their youth playing with spinning tops with their friends in the neighborhood.

Japanese tops vary in colour, shape and size, depending on the region they come from, i.e., they all have unique characteristics and have long been prized as symbols of good luck

Because of their spinning motion, they symbolize “money circulating”, “being quick-witted” or “business moving along nicely”.

5 colours traditionally used on tops have specific meaning as that Red symbolizes health, Black is for strength, Yellow is for wealth, Green is for a good harvest and Purple is for nobility.

Spinning tops also gave rise to a form of entertainment known as Kyoku-goma in public. Besides, some tops were used for gambling playing a role of dice and Beh-goma for various games on the ring. They are enduring form of entertainment for young and old more than just playthings for children.

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