Kites and spinning tops, with Chinese origins, have been present in Japan for more than 1,200 years.
Despite Japan's hi-tech culture, there are still thousands of these toys being produced using traditional materials and following ancient techniques.
The 50 pieces on display are made from coloured wood and paper, and come from all over Japan.
Also on show until 31 March is a selection of ornamental Hinaningyo dolls, traditionally displayed in Japan every year on 3 March for Hinamatsuri, or Doll's Day.
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Japanese Cultural Institute
Istituto Giapponese di Cultura, Via Antonio Gramsci 74, tel. 063224754.
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