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