箸 “hashi” – Chopsticks are used in Japan and many Asian countries. Let’s compare different types of Hashi used in Asian countries.
Do you know how to use it?
It may be difficult to use it if you’re not grown up in “chopstick countries”, but once you get used to use it, it’s quite useful!
Do you know that there are many different types of chopsticks? Their shapes are slightly different amongst different countries.
From top to bottom: Plastic chopsticks from Taiwan, porcelain chopsticks from mainland China, bamboo chopsticks from Tibet, palmwood chopsticks from Indonesia (Vietnamese style), stainless flat chopsticks from Korea (plus a matching spoon), a Japanese couple’s set (two pairs), Japanese child’s chopsticks, and disposable “waribashi” (in wrapper) -quoted from wikipedia-
Four chopsticks from the bottom are used in Japan. As you see, Japanese chopsticks are pointed towards edge, so I think it’s very convenient.
Nowadays more noodle shops and restaurants serve eco-friendly chopsticks (normal, reusable) instead waribashi (割箸, disposable chopsticks) compare to past years .
Last month, I drop by a very nice and decent chopstick giftshop in Motomachi, Yokohama.
So I bought a pair of chopsticks for my friend’s wedding gift. Nowadays high quality and nice design chopsticks are getting popular as a gift/souvenir for foreigners.
Ambience of the chopstick shop was very nice, so I took some photos.