IS JAPAN COOL? DISCOVER
1. A pair of small sticks used for dining. They are popular eating tools used throughout Japan and found in almost any restaurant.
2. There are various types of chopsticks (called hashi or bashi in Japanese) for various purposes. Iwai-bashi with thin tips on both ends are used for celebrations. Wari-bashi are one-time-only chopsticks made for disposal after use. My-hashi are individual-use chopsticks for dining outside home, usually kept in a small chopstick case.
3. Chopstick use is governed by exacting rules of etiquette: for example, sticking chopsticks into food and pulling dishes with chopsticks are strictly taboo.
4. You can purchase chopsticks in many places such as supermarkets and department stores. However, if you visit specialty shops, you can see chopstick craftsmanship of great artistry.