Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Beigoma, Traditional Japanese Spinning Top Toys

Beigoma, traditional Japanese spinning top toys, were once one of the popular toys among kids with which they competed to see whose spinning top knocks the other ones out of the playing area or whose can continue to spin the longest. It was a pretty common sight in Japan to see kids playing with the moldable toys on streets till several decades ago, but cutting-edge toys have been taking their place and nowadays these classical toys are hardly seen.

Nissan Foundry Inc. is a small foundry located in Kawaguchi City, my hometown, which was once known as the center of the casting industry. Now they are the only beigoma manufacturer in Japan. They run a booth to promote their products every year at Tatara Festival, the largest annual festival in the city, and show the traditional toys to people. This year as well, adults reminisced about their old days and kids enjoyed the old but new experience there.

Beigoma, Traditional Japanese Spinning Top Toys [iPhone 4S/HD]
- Shot in 1080p full HD with an iPhone 4S on Aug. 5th, 2012

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