Fun Link Friday: Spinning tops

iconAs many long-time followers know, a colleague and I have been working on a digital archive related to 江戸独楽 (Edo goma), or Edo-style spinning tops. Hand-crafted tops are thought to have a history in Japan dating back to at least the 6th century in Japan, with archaeological evidence found in the Fujiwara palace in Nara that served as the imperial capital between 694 and 710. They became popularized in the 18th century.

A friend recently informed me that Begin Japanology has a great video that gives a brief introduction to Japanese koma 独楽, including many of the regional variations in style and different types that can be made. Be sure to check it out below!

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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