chopstick rests

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Do you know about Japanese chopstick rests? They have a long history and make our dining table more enjoyable! At 4T-AMKY, Teachers and Students write about Japanese culture, food, history, many spots to visit, and other stuff. Enjoy reading and knowing about deeper Japanese culture!

Chopstick rests.


Whenever I begin to prepare a meal, my heart is filled with excitement from the moment I decide on which chopstick rests to use. I choose the chopstick rests according to the season or the cuisine.

a chopstick rest-crab

Last summer, I often enjoyed the fur seal and the crab chopstick rests.

a chopstick rest-lotus root

Last autumn, I enjoyed lotus root chopstick rest made of tin.

A chopstick rest-cherry blossom shape

Now in early spring, I enjoy using my cherry blossom shaped chopstick rest.

When I see a pretty chopstick rest during a meal, it lifts my spirit.

ear-shaped earthenware

The origin of chopstick rests is said to be the ear-shaped earthenware called mimi-kawarake, which was used in ancient times when giving offerings to the deities at shrines. It was a special item used in Shinto rituals.

Sourse of photo: Niigata Prefecture Archaeological Research organization from Collection of National Diet Library

Then, chopstick rests became widespread among ordinary people since the Meiji era (1868-1912) when tables were introduced and people began to eat at the table.

A small table called zen

Until then, people in Japan had eaten a meal set on a small table called zen on a one-by-one basis sitting on the floor since ancient times and put the dirty tips of chopsticks on a corner of zen, so it seems that there was no need to use chopstick rests.

Now, I’m already wondering which chopstick rest I should use for dinner tonight!








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