Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chopsticks 箸

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Chopsticks are two sticks that hold food between them when one eats.
箸は、食事をするときに食物をはさむ2本の棒で。

They were brought from ancient China.
古代中国から伝わりました。

In Japan, chopsticks are almost always used when eating.
日本では、食事のときはほとんど箸を使います。

Most are made of wood or bamboo painted with lacquer or of plastic, but there are also high-class ones with the inside made of ivory.
 漆を塗った木や竹、またはプラスチック製のものが多いのですが、中には象牙製の高級品もあります。

Chopsticks put out for visitors or in restaurants are half-split chopsticks; made of unfinished wood, they are to be used and thrown away.
 来客用、あるいは飲食店で出される箸は、割り箸という使い捨ての白木の箸です。

Most Japanese are skillful at using chopsticks, because they learned how from their parents during childhood.
幼少時に両親から箸の使い方を習うため、大部分の日本人は箸を上手に使えるのです。

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