LDH chopsticks with Chopsticks rest (5 piece set)

LDH chopsticks with Chopsticks rest (5 piece set)


The Origin and History of HASHI (Chopsticks)

Among the many kitchen utensils the Japanese use in their daily lives, Hashi are one of the oldest and most familiar. They are said to have been invented is ancient times out of the simple necessity of handing food.

The original HASHI were made by bending a piece of bamboo or other wood at the center, and were similar in a shape to a pair of tongs. The name HASHI most likely came from Kuchi – bashi, the word for beak in Japanese.

When the Edo period brought peace to Japan, the economy expanded, and cities began to grow. Restaurants started to appear, and the hotel business prospered, invigorated by increased traffic between cities. The demand for HASHI grew.

At the time, HASHI were made of rounded strips of bamboo, cedar, cypress of the wood of willow trees.

WARI-BASHI (disposable HASHI) resulted from the fastidiousness of the Japanese.
They did not like to use the same utensils that others had used nor to have their soiled ones used by others.

Today, the first bite of solid food a Japanese receives is still fed to him in a ceremony held 120 days after his birth, using HASHI, an implement that carries food into their mouths, but is something to which they are intimately connected throughout their lives.

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