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History of Chopsticks:
In ancient times, the Japanese people were living an agricultural life and the food was eaten directly by bare hands. Later, the application of fire in cooking changed their eating style greatly. Wooden tongs were then introduced.
It was believed that one end of the tongs was connected to god and the other was connected to humans, so when a person ate, it was believed to be a sacred moment of an encountering ritual of god and people.
Around the 7th century, Japanese envoys who came back from China brought back the custom of using a pair of chopsticks. Since that time, Japanese people still use chopsticks when eating.

Environmental issues:
An average Japanese uses 210 pairs of chopsticks per year, which means that a total of 25,000,000,000 pairs of chopsticks are thrown out as garbage every year.
This equals 850,000 trees having a diameter of 30 cm. with 6m. height are chopped down every year and 96% of them are imported from China.
This careless tree cutting will not only terminate the forest’s function of being a natural reservoir, but also will eradicate the habitat of thousands of species and speed up global warming by producing more CO2 in the air.
By destroying the forest which fosters the fish in the ocean will bring the death of the sea.
So, let’s use portable chopsticks and stop throwing away waribashi, the disposable chopsticks.


These chopsticks, the tools which connect our life with food, were made of thinly sliced birch from Hokkaido and glued together with non-toxic resin.
Then, high temperature and high pressure are applied to finish the process.
The connecting screw is carefully carved out by the hands of the artisan and no metal screw is used. The chopsticks’ compact size makes it easy to carry around.
These chopsticks are called Okurumi-bashi after the wrapping blanket for a newborn. Thus, the chopsticks, the life-connecting tools, are preciously wrapped in hand-made cloth bag made of sakiori and saori technique.

  • A part of proceeds of the OKURUMI-BASHI will go to the promotion of Montessori( the translation of Montessori books and articles so that your purchase of OKURUMI-BASHI will also help to increase the future care takers of the Planet Earth,the children.
    Thank you for your cooperation!

  • To insure longevity of use,please insert pieces straight(not on an angle)and do not screw too tightly.

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    Tel.& Fax: Tokyo  Japan (0)42-502-1177
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