It’s hardly an exaggeration to say that Japanese people use chopsticks every single day. Chopsticks are an indispensable aspect of Japanese life—so much so that there’s even a tradition where people would buy new chopsticks at the turn of the New Year. While other Asian dietary cultures use chopsticks as well, the level of reliance upon them in Japanese cuisine is something quite unique.
Edo Kibashi chopsticks have been created by the hands of Tokyo craftspeople since the beginning of the Taisho Period (1912-1926) roughly 100 years ago. Edo Kibashi use carefully selected high-grade wood (ebony, red sandalwood, ironwood, Japanese box-trees, maple, etc.), which craftspeople plane by hand. With a focus on ergonomics, they are designed for easy grip and pragmatic functionality. In the early stages of their development, a square design called dobari, or stretched trunk, was the standard form. However, the craftspeople recognized that every person has a different sense of grip, with varying preferences for the length, width and weight of their chopsticks, and Edo Kibashi craftspeople began to manufacture chopsticks in various shapes, including squares, pentagons, hexagons, heptagons, octagons and simple circles. With so many different features and characteristics to choose from, it’s easier for the purchaser to select chopsticks that fits his or her preference. Expressed through design, this kind of concern for the user’s needs is what makes Edo Kibashi so special.
Takeda Katsuhiko, owner of the Daikokuya Edo Kibashi store, originated the name Edo Kibashi in 1999. Daikokuya has inherited the history and tradition of Edo Kibashi, and continues to ambitiously develop designs that pursue the utmost in utility.
With increasing worldwide interest in washoku following its 2013 UNESCO recognition as a piece of intangible cultural heritage, chopstick use is on the rise around the globe. Why not get a set of Edo Kishibashi to enjoy your washoku with chopsticks that are just right for you?
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