Vintage Japanese Yajirou Daruma Gambling Game and Container for Koma Spinning Top

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Dimensions: 4-0”h x 3-0 ”dia 

In Japan, koma asobi (top spinning) gets its name from the Buddhist Holy man whose character decorates the container of this simple game, and that has been enjoyed by children and adults since as early as the 10th century, and the oldest recognizable toy found on archaeological sites. It is especially popular during the New Year holidays in Japan. A spinning top is a toy that can be spun on an axis, balancing on a point. All parts, (shaft and top) are made to fit into the Daruma container.

As with this Daruma game/container, the top and spinning shaft are stored inside and have historically been used for gambling and prophecy. Some role-playing gamers still use tops to augment dice in generating randomized results related to one's future; it is, in this case, referred to as a spinner. Japanese tops are considered some of the very best in the world. The piece is from Narago, Miyagi Province, and is unsigned. 

Condition: Excellent condition with minimal effects for use and aging. Retains original handprinted color and design with all associated parts intact. The top is well balanced and spins perfectly.