Handmade Edo spinning tops by Japanese craftsman Masaaki Hiroi who started making these toys in his 30s and has created over 4,000 varieties. Spinning tops, which flourished during the Edo Period (1603–1867), have a distinctive mechanism which adds a unique movement to the toys and are sometimes full of humor.
Cutting-edge technology is fun, but it’s a pity if children become absorbed only in those toys. There are traditional toys and traditional ways to play in Japan, one of them is spinning top. I am sad to see so many old toys become obsolete around the world. I can only wish that children continue to play with both new and old toy. I want to make people who buy my toys to laugh and make toys that anyone, old and young, men and women can enjoy. We are given such little time.Masaaki Hiroi’s works are sold at Japan Unique Gifts.