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Beigoma spinning top toys
Beigoma displayed for sale

The beigoma (Japanese: ベーゴマ) is a traditional Japanese top that is approximately 3 cm in diameter and often decorated with kanji.[1][2][3] When spun correctly, the beigoma makes a humming sound.[citation needed]

Game play[edit]

Players wrap their tops in thin, 60-cm cords, which they use to launch the tops onto the playing surface. The winner is the player whose top spins the longest or successfully knocks the opponent's top out of the playing area.[citation needed]


The beigoma may have come to Japan from China, originating as a wooden toy known as Koma, popular in the Kamakura period.[citation needed] Well known by the 17th-century Edo period, the toy was originally made by filling spiral seashells with sand and sealing them with molten wax. By the 20th century, beigoma were made of lead and later of cast metal. Their popularity peaked in the first half of the 20th century before falling out of favour as newer postwar toys became available.[citation needed]

Although the advent of the Beyblade has caused a resurgence in interest in beigoma,[4][5][6][7] there is only one factory still manufacturing them as of 2001.[2][3][4]


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  4. ^ a b "Traditional Games Making a Comeback". The Japan Forum. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
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  6. ^ Townley, Piers (2002-01-25). "Gadgets and Gizmos:Spin Dizzy; On A Whirlwind Trip From Japan". Daily Record. Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
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