Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chopsticks 箸

Chopsticks are two sticks that hold food between them when one eats.

They were brought from ancient China.

In Japan, chopsticks are almost always used when eating.

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.

Chopsticks put out for visitors or in restaurants are half-split chopsticks; made of unfinished wood, they are to be used and thrown away.

Most Japanese are skillful at using chopsticks, because they learned how from their parents during childhood.

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