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Jack

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Re: japanese
« Reply #45 on: July 31, 2016, 12:46:11 PM »

Does "koma" refer to any Japanese top or just a specific kind?

from what i understand it refers to both a particular style but also all of them @-@
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Jeremy McCreary

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« Reply #46 on: July 31, 2016, 01:06:48 PM »

Does "koma" refer to any Japanese top or just a specific kind?

from what i understand it refers to both a particular style but also all of them @-@
Thanks, Jack. That was kind of the impression I had from the usage I've been seeing on this forum.
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« Reply #47 on: July 31, 2016, 02:07:07 PM »

What ever it is I've had a lot of fun with this top I bought on ebay.
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Jeremy McCreary

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« Reply #48 on: July 31, 2016, 02:20:35 PM »

What ever it is I've had a lot of fun with this top I bought on ebay.
I can see that from your videos. Very impressive with the long string. Wish I had your fabrication skills!
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« Reply #49 on: July 31, 2016, 03:52:54 PM »

I have a good friend who was born in Japan.  He is a retired professor of ancient languages.  He said that "koma" was originally a Korean word and wondered if his countrymen learned about tops from Korea.
My searches came up empty.  Does anyone know about this?
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Alan

That is what I have read: tops came to Japan from China via Korea and the name koma relates to its Korean origin. I would need to look for the reference if you need it, but most likely it is on Gould's and/or Lourens' books.

Does "koma" refer to any Japanese top or just a specific kind?

Koma is the generic Japanese name, but each type of top would have a more specific name, generally combined with koma or the variation goma (I believe the change from ko to go is only to make the word sound better). If somebody just uses the word koma by itself he is either referring to all types of tops or to  one of the most common (throw tops or finger tops).

Koma can be written in all three Japanese systems: Hiragana, Katakana o Kanji. Note that in hiragana and katakana the difference between the ko and go are just two small dashes like a quotation mark to the right of ko. Unfortunately, at this time the forum cannot show foreign characters due to a security patch and I have not yet found a good work around  :(
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« Reply #50 on: July 31, 2016, 05:09:37 PM »

Many thanks, ta0! Your knowledge of Japanese orthography is quite impressive.
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« Reply #51 on: January 15, 2019, 05:19:12 PM »

When I received my Koma top the hole was crocked. I had to plug it and bore it. Then I made a tip for it, and took about .110 off bottom sides. I sent them the video how to make there top better. I guess they like there old style better?
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