Matsukan Octagonal Zumen Kyoto Bamboo Wakasa Lacquerware Set of Two Pairs of Chopsticks 24 cm (9.4 in)

JPY ¥30,000

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This set of chopsticks features the unique zumen bamboo from Kyoto. Random patterns adorn one side of each chopstick, lending a traditional and elegant appeal. Enjoy their rustic natural charm in two subtle shades of brown.

Zumen bamboo is crafted by skilled craftsmen using specialized techniques. Each piece is distinct, with no two patterns alike. This distinctiveness is especially cherished in the worlds of tea ceremonies and ikebana, where such bamboo is highly valued.

The bamboo comes from Muko City in Kyoto Prefecture, a renowned bamboo-producing area in Japan. The unique clay-rich soil and climate conditions of the area yield bamboo that is hard yet fine-fibered, making the chopsticks exceptionally lightweight and easy to use. During processing, raw bamboo is treated to remove excess moisture and oils, preventing discoloration and insect damage.

These chopsticks are hand-carved into an octagonal shape, and maintain their natural texture of bamboo under a transparent coat of lacquer. The tips are precisely crafted to facilitate picking up food easily. The slightly longer length not only enhances the visibility of the user's hand movements but also adds to the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the chopsticks.

Bamboo is an evergreen that grows quickly and straight upwards, symbolizing prosperity in Japanese culture. These chopsticks come in an exquisite paulownia box adorned with golden patterns, making them an ideal gift. 

Matsukan, based in Obama City, Fukui Prefecture, stands as a leading producer of lacquerware chopsticks rooted in the traditional craft of Wakasa lacquerware. Since its beginning in 1922, Matsukan has remained dedicated solely to chopstick manufacturing. While honoring the intricate artistry and lasting craftsmanship of Wakasa lacquerware, their products are thoughtfully designed to complement contemporary living.


  • QuantitySet of two pairs of chopsticks 
  • Dimension: 24 cm (9.4 in) 
  • Box: L 26.5 cm (10.4 in) x W 6.5 cm (2.6 in) x H 2.5 cm (1.0 in)
  • Material: Bamboo
  • Coating for chopsticks: Lacquer
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Wakasa lacquerware
  • Brand: Matsukan


Matsukan has been dedicated to the art of crafting exquisite lacquered chopsticks for the past 100 years. Located in Obama City, renowned for its lacquered chopsticks industry deeply rooted in the local Wakasa lacquerware tradition, Matsukan has passionately infused excitement to many through their chopsticks.

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Wakasa lacquer chopsticks are traditional lacquered chopsticks from Obama City, Fukui Prefecture, with a history of about 400 years. It currently accounts for more than 80% of the national share of domestically produced lacquered chopsticks. Wakasa lacquer chopsticks was designated as a "traditional craft" on February 6, 1978 in recognition of its advanced techniques. It is characterized by their unique three-dimensional patterns created by applying layers of colored lacquer made of shells and eggshells. It was sometimes called "jewel lacquering" because of the noble shine of the patterns that represented the ocean floor.

Today, you can find a wide variety of Wakasa lacquer chopsticks, some handmade using traditional methods, some made using transfer sheets, and some made using dishwasher-safe paints. Enjoy choosing the chopsticks that best suit your lifestyle.

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