Japanese Craftsmen Reinvent Chopsticks with a New Twist

Posted on February 25, 2014

There is perhaps no other utensil on the Asian table as mundane as the humble chopsticks. Yet in Obama, a town located in Fukui Prefecture, Japan, lacquered chopsticks have been a 400-year-old tradition of beauty and craftsmanship.


Locally, the wooden utensil is famously dubbed as “Wakasa-nuri.”

Recently, local manufacturer Hashikura Matsukan creatively added a new design that makes both sticks look like a single unit. But when separated for eating, both sticks’ top parts reveal the carved spirals that allow them to reconnect in intertwined locks.


Now that looks like a bit of hard work with a zest of creativity. And who knew dinner could be more fun with these twister sticks?


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