(Japanese spinning top)
This is Nagumi holding one of his spinning tops. Nagumi is 7 years old and his family owns an optic shot just across the street. I recently bought a pair of glasses from them after breaking mine in half. I tried to repair my old glasses with sticky tape, but I just ended up advancing my rank to "King of Nerdom", and that just couldn't be stood for. Here is a photo of me in my fixed glasses. I don't think I fixed them right. Am I doing it wrong? Anyway!
So Nagumi was over at my wife's shop with his tops and I asked him to show me. I have to admit, he was a pro at spinning them. From what I hear, it takes a bit of practice and he hit it every time.
Winding up the String
He explained to me you have to wind it a certain way winding it kind of tight at first then looser as you get out to the edge.
All Wound Up
He has a 5 yen coin at the end of his string so the string doesn't slip through his fingers when he throws it.
Letting Her Rip
Now for a Few Tricks
Making a Loop Around the Spinning Top
Pull It Tight and Lift
That Takes Some Skill
The above trick was also pretty neat. He would hold the string at a slant and the top would slide down the the string. He would then make it slant the opposite direction and the top would slide to the other end of the string. All this while the top is still spinning. It was pretty amazing.
So those were some photos I took of the Amazing Nagumi and his spinning tops. It was pretty dark in my wife's shop compared to outside so the photos were a bit underexposed. Enjoy!