Hirohashi Awaji Mizuhiki Yoshino Cedar Chopsticks (Set of 3 Pairs)
A set of three pairs of chopsticks with a "Awaji" knot motif Mizuhiki together.
These chopsticks made of Yoshino cedar, are light and easy to hold, and can be washed and used again and again. They are also thin at both ends, so you can pick up food on either side.
It is perfect for use during celebrations such as New Year's and when inviting guests over.
Mizuhiki is a decorative string that ties a monetary envelope or gift wrapping paper. It is a traditional Japanese cultural element that has its own meaning depending on the number of strings, color, and the way they are tied. The orderly beauty of mizuhiki never goes out of style, and it is also incorporated into tableware as a motif of good fortune.
The "Awaji" knot is also known as the abalone knot because of its resemblance to the shape of an abalone shell. When both ends are pulled, the knot is strongly tied, which is thought to mean long-lasting relationship. It is the basic knot for all good and bad luck, including Shinto and Buddhist rituals.
*Please note that Mizuhiki is not waterproofed in order to take advantage of its texture. It is made by wrapping thread around twisted paper. If it gets dirty, please wipe it off with a cloth or tissue paper after use.
Hirohashi was founded in 1986 by Mikihiro Hirohashi, a temple carpenter, in his hometown of Yoshino, Nara Prefecture. The second generation, Makiko Nakaiso, inherited her father's passion and launched a new brand of chopsticks. The natural wood used is mainly Yoshino cedar, which is 60 to 100 years old. The original texture, aroma, and grain of the wood are the characteristics of the uncoated finish.
- Quantity: Set of 3 pairs of chopsticks
- Dimension: 26cm(10.2in)
- Material: Yoshino cedar
- Origin: Made in Japan
- Brand: Hirohashi
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Founded in 1986 by Mikihiro Hirohashi, a temple carpenter, in his hometown of Yoshino, Nara Prefecture.The second generation, Makiko Nakaiso, inherited her father's passion and launched a new brand of chopsticks.While some of the chopsticks are made by machine, the craftsmen carefully finish them by hand to produce high-quality chopsticks. These chopsticks are used in restaurants, hotels, ryokan (Japanese-style inns), and ryotei (Japanese-style restaurants) all over Japan.View more Hirohashi Items
ABOUT Japanese Woodcraft
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.
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.