In Japanese, Chopstick are called hashi (箸). They are also known as otemoto (おてもと), a phrase commonly printed on the wrappers of disposable Chopstick. Te means hand and moto means the area under or around something.
These chopsticks available from tokyo brand house, are from the Obama/Wakasa Bay area in Fukui Prefecture. More than an incredible 80% of the lacquered chopsticks in Japan are made here. Sometimes called “jewel-lacquer”, this unique style is crafted using shells, eggshells、etc., which represent the beauty of the seabed. With history, techniques and ingenuity inherited, This chopsticks are not only a symbol of preserving tradition, they are also important lifestyle items that are made for the purpose of everyday dining.
In Obama, a city famed for its amazing chopstick design and tradition, there are only 4 people who are acknowledged to be traditional industrial craftsmen by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry–craftsmen who make only the highest quality chopsticks. Using shells, eggshells, etc., and patterned with a polished finish, these traditional chopsticks are still crafted in the same way as in days gone by, making them a true gem.
When applied to chopsticks, each one will never be created in the same pattern. Whilst being used, the opacity of lacquer changes. The unique result adds extra special appeal to a meal enjoyed with these chopsticks. Bringing you only the very best quality of Chopstick set for all your mealtimes. Crafted in the same, traditional Japanese style as they were over 400 years ago.
Layer upon layer of lacquer are crafted by artisans and finished with a polishing technique called “migakidashi”.The process of applying and letting it dry is repeated many, many times, until the craftsman is fully satisfied with the end results. In total, this process takes up to around one and a half years for completion.