Yamachiku Tortoiseshell Pattern Lacquered Bamboo Chopsticks 23cm/9.1in

JPY ¥5,400
Color: Red

Only 12 pieces in stock!

Make your meals more magical with these lacquered bamboo chopsticks. Their square shape sits comfortably in your hand as you eat so you don’t get fatigued before dessert. The lightweight, elegant form is finished with a hand-carved pattern at the top, inspired by the lines that intersect and form the unique design across a turtle’s shell. It is this pattern that lends itself to the name of these intriguing chopsticks.

The turtle is an auspicious character in Japanese folklore, as it is said that turtles live 10,000 years. This holds especially true for these chopsticks, which were developed by a lacquer artisan who wanted lacquered chopsticks she could use for a longer period of time.

The glossy shine results from a natural lacquer that is made from the sap of the Japanese lacquer tree, and has been used on traditional Japanese items for over 7,000 years. Applying this transparent lacquer is time-intensive because each layer must dry completely in between. The result is a glossy, high-shine, tame-nuri finish that’s well worth the wait.

Available in three colors, red, green, and brown, you can choose the hue that best suits your tableware or your mood. With their lucky turtle design, they are also a thoughtful gift for housewarming, birthday, and more.

Bamboo groves have been seen throughout Japan since ancient times, making them an important part of the culture. Due to its durability and strength, bamboo is an excellent choice for home goods, and its quick growth makes it a sustainable resource. As a result, Yamachiku has chosen to exclusively produce bamboo chopsticks, crafting each one by hand in their factory in Kumamoto. 


  • Quantity: 1 pair
  • Dimension: 23 cm (9.1 in)
  • Material: Bamboo 
  • Coating: Natural lacquer
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Yamachiku 

About Yamachiku Bamboo Chopsticks

Yamachiku is a Kyushu-based factory that has been specializing in bamboo chopsticks for many years.

Bamboo grows well in warm areas, and Kyushu prefecture accounts for about 40% of the total area of bamboo forests in Japan.

For half a century since its predecessor established a bamboo material factory in 1963, Yamachiku has consistently worked to make products that make the most of bamboo.

As a natural material, bamboo is difficult to process, but because Yamachiku is a manufacturer with a thorough understanding of bamboo's nature, they have succeeded in producing many high-quality bamboo chopsticks.

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About Japanese Wood Craft

In Japan, 70% of the land is covered with forests, and there are said to be as many as 200 species of trees, including coniferous trees such as cedar and cypress, and broad-leaved trees such as zelkova, chestnut, and horse chestnut, that are used for construction and woodworking. Japanese wood crafts are made by making the most of the characteristics of the wood from each production area. For example, bamboo crafts in Kyushu, Japanese cypress products in Gifu, and cedar products in Akita are famous.

Woodworking techniques developed along with tools, giving rise to a variety of woodworking techniques such as sashimono, carving, gouging, grinding, bending, and hooping. The skillful use of tools such as axes, machetes, planes, saws, chisels, and files in Japanese woodworking supports not only the lives of people but also the cultural heritage of temples and shrines. The elaborate techniques that have been cultivated over a long period of history are highly regarded around the world.

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