筷子 – お箸 – Chopsticks

chop_sticks_v01We are proud to offer a fine variety of Japanese-made chopsticks in dozens of colours and styles – not to mention chopstick holders – and at present our selection may be at its height. 🙂

Some background on chopsticks: they have been used as eating utensils in China since the Han dynasty (202 BCE – 220 CE), and by that point had already been in use as cooking utensils for perhaps a millennium.

Their use has since spread around the world, but the custom was gradually adopted first in neighbouring East Asian countries, into what some scholars refer to now as the “chopsticks cultural sphere”. Interestingly, the rest of the world can be divided into two other areas based on primary dining customs – where people eat with their hands and where forks and knives are used.