These delicate Maki-e chopsticks are handcrafted one by one by our artisans.
The cherry blossom, a representative of Japan, is a particularly popular design among people overseas.
The chopsticks can be used for special celebrations to make the dining table even more colorful.
Please purchase this gem of craftsmanship that you will not be ashamed to show anywhere.
|Manufacturer||HASHIMOTO KOUSAKU SIKKI|
|Country of origin||Ishikawa, Japan|
|Material||Noto Japanese Cypress, Lacquer|
|Size||8.86 in. (22.5cm)|
|Weight||0.02 lbs (10g)|
|Capacity||0 oz (0ml)|
|Electronic Equipment||Microwave oven: X, Dishwashing machine: 〇, Direct fire: X, IH: X, Oven: X
Chopsticks are consumable items and their usage period will vary depending on usage and environment.
Chopsticks are made of wood and may expand, bend, or crack.
Up to 6 characters in romaji, kanji, hiragana, and katakana
Roman characters only written horizontally
Delivery: +2-5 days
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 2-3 weeks)|
Tradition in Wajima, the sacred place of Japanese lacquer painting
HASHIMOTO KOUSAKU SIKKI
- Wajima lacquer chopsticks
- Kiyono Hashimoto
A women-only workshop that carries on the skills and thoughts of the founder
Wajima is famous for its Wajima-nuri lacquerware, and chopstick making using traditional techniques has also flourished in this area.
The first owner of our store, Kousaku Hashimoto, was trained as a Wajima-nuri craftsman and started his own business in 1949, shortly after World War II.
The first owner, Kousaku Hashimoto, trained as a Wajima-nuri craftsman and started his own business in 1949, shortly after the end of World War II.
He was succeeded by the second owner, Taiji, who worked hard to improve the techniques of Wajima-nuri chopsticks and develop the industry.
Even in the age of cheap mass-produced products, we have continued to stick to handmade chopsticks with the traditional beauty of Japan.
With the sensitivity and attention to detail that only women can provide, we aim to be a company that can create happiness together with chopsticks.
The healing power of Wajima's unique urushi chopsticks
Our Wajima urushi chopsticks are made of Asunaro (Noto hiba), a tree in Ishikawa Prefecture, and are coated with natural lacquer.
Urushi is known as a "healing paint" because of its gentle touch and feel.
The more you use the chopsticks, the more the color changes, and the more durable they become.
The patterns on the chopsticks range from traditional designs with a Japanese sensibility to modern arrangements.
We use pure gold leaf and pure gold powder from Kanazawa, which boasts a 99% share of the national market for gold leaf used in maki-e and chinkin.
Each pair of chopsticks is carefully handcrafted by skilled artisans to enrich your daily meals.
I want you to live a healthy life with traditional beauty.
The patterns on the chopsticks have various meanings, such as "cherry blossoms," "maple trees," "snow," which remind us of the Japanese seasons, "red Fuji and cherry blossoms," which is a good omen, and "Nami-chidori," which is a wish for prosperity.
Through chopsticks, we hope that people can feel the apology and profundity of Japanese culture in their daily lives.
Also, chopsticks are meant to be touched by the mouth.
Noto hiba and natural lacquer have both been proven to have antibacterial properties.
In these days when people are more concerned about hygiene, it is important to pay attention to the chopsticks used by family members for safety and security.
We offer not only chopsticks for adults, but also children's chopsticks that are comfortable in children's hands.
A pair of conjugal chopsticks or chopsticks with auspicious designs are good luck charms that can be given as gifts not only to family members but also to close friends.
How Japanese Products Can Be Such High Quality
The Reason Japan Can Produce So Many High-Quality Products
To put it simply, it’s because they found a way to produce exceptional products with high efficiency, resulting in surprisingly low prices.
The Japanese Drive for Perfection
The Japanese always seek perfection in both the production process and the products themselves.
As such, the Japanese production process aims to eliminate waste and inefficiencies while guaranteeing quality by having craftspeople inspect their own products and constantly strive to make improvements.
Ingenuity Stemming from the Spirit of “Omotenashi” and “Kikubari”
The Japanese excel at creating and improving things because of their devotion to the ideas of hospitality and attentiveness, known as “omotenashi” and “kikubari” respectively. These ideas push them to uncover, predict, and fulfill their customers’ every need.
This earnestness, as well as how they spare no effort when it comes to offering their customers the very best, is reflected in the products Japan produces.
Trustworthy Suppliers That Deliver On All Fronts
One product is often the result of various organizations joining forces and combining their skills and capabilities.
Japanese suppliers are known for their dedication to delivering high-quality materials, parts, and products on schedule, and it’s thanks to their efforts that Japan can produce such high-quality goods.
The Japanese Are the World’s Most Discerning and Demanding Customers
Many Japanese people have traveled and experienced shopping around the world. This has given them a much more discerning eye for judging the quality of products.
The standards of Japanese people are very high. They are finely tuned not just to the quality, safety, design, and novelty of products, but also to their visual appearance such as their packaging and wrapping.
Made-in-Japan products keep improving in quality in order to meet the rigorous standards of their domestic clientele.
Japan Is Home to Many Long-Established Companies
According to an international survey, Japan has the highest number of companies that have been established over a century ago. In fact, the grand total of 33,076 of such Japanese companies accounts for 41.3% of the total worldwide number of 80,066. The US takes second place with 19,497 companies (24.4%) and Sweden comes in third with 13,997 (17.5%).
Japan also has the highest number of companies that are more than two centuries old, being home to 1,340 such companies, which account for 65.0% of the global total of 2,051. The US takes second place with 239 companies (11.6%), Germany comes in third with 201 (9.8%), and the UK places fourth with 83 (4.0%).
So, Japan is able to produce so many high-quality goods because it’s home to the highest number of long-established companies that have been passing down their knowledge and technical prowess through the generations.
*Source: Based on data from Teikoku Databank and Bureau Van Dijk’s orbis (as of October 2019).
What Makes Traditional Japanese Crafts High Quality
Traditional crafts are the amalgamation of Japanese culture.
“Traditional crafts” is the general term used for crafts that are produced using processes and techniques that have been passed down through generations. In Japan, this includes textiles, dyed goods, ceramics, lacquerware, woodwork, washi Japanese paper, dolls, items for Buddhist rituals, and other goods that enrich our everyday lives.
Traditional crafts are associated with the concept of “the beauty of use”, which refers to products and skills that become easier to use and approach perfection the longer they come into contact with people.
Currently, it is believed that there are approximately 1,300 different types of traditional crafts in Japan.
Among these, 236 crafts have been officially designated as “traditional Japanese crafts” by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (as of January 2021).
The main criteria for being recognized as a traditional Japanese craft:
Key Parts of the Production Process Must Be Done by Hand
Traditional Japanese crafts do not have to be entirely handmade, but the underlying process that brings out the product’s unique and distinctive characteristics, such as their quality, form, and design, must be handcrafted.
This guarantees that every traditional Japanese craft is, at its core, a product of human hands, meaning that its size and shape have been designed with human comfort in mind. It also makes the crafts much safer.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
The Japanese believe that a technique or a skill can only be considered reliable and complete after it’s been refined through trial and error and constant improvements by numerous craftspeople over a period of at least 100 years.
Skills are closely related to the capability of each craftsperson and precision, and they are something that an individual can refine. Techniques, on the other hand, are associated with the historical accumulation of knowledge, including everything from the selection of raw materials to the production process.
All this said, modern craftspeople don’t just mimic the techniques of the past. Rather, they’re continuously coming up with improvements and developing new ways of doing things without fundamentally changing what makes traditional Japanese crafts unique.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
As we can see, the secret to the high quality of made-in-Japan products is the drive of Japanese people for perfection, the adherence to their unique philosophy of hospitality, and their discerning eye that can’t be matched.
Traditional Japanese crafts are one level above normal made-in-Japan products, as they must also meet rigorous criteria such as being handcrafted or made using skills and techniques that have been passed down for at least a century.
Thanks to all of the above, Japanese products have become famous for their high quality all over the world.