Chopsticks Serve Populations Across The World

Did you know that approximately one-third of the people in the world use chopsticks to eat? Not surprisingly, in countries where sticky rice is the staple, such as Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam, the use of chopsticks is higher than in other regions of the world.

According to statistics, China alone uses 45 billion chopsticks annually. When you add in all the other regions that use chopsticks, the total number of chopsticks people employ each year is enormous.

Hashi Are Highly Functional Utensils

For people new to using chopsticks, it can take time and practice to master traditional hashi, which is the word for chopsticks in Japanese.

Unlike conventional eating utensils such as forks and knives, people use over fifty muscles and thirty joints in their hands, wrists, arms, and shoulders when using chopsticks to eat.

However, once people become comfortable using these utensils, they use them to pinch, scoop, press, mix and divide foods.

Chopsticks come in a wide range of materials, including bamboo, bone, fine china, metal, plastic, and wood. Chopsticks made from eco-friendly and reusable materials helps to minimize their environmental impact at landfills, which is essential thanks to their widespread usage.

Nuri-Bashi from Edofiber is ideal for restauranters, suppliers, and other businesses worldwide who want to offer authentic Japanese chopsticks to their valued clients and customers.

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Discover the Benefits of Traditional Japanese Chopsticks

To the untrained eye, all chopsticks probably look quite similar, but there are definite differences between high-quality Japanese hashi and other forms of chopsticks.

The most noticeable difference is that Japanese chopsticks are typically shorter than other hashi. Also, traditional hashi tapers off to a slender point and is available in a variety of sizes. Smaller chopsticks are ideal for children, teens, and women with petite hands.

These utensils have come a long way since their introduction. In the early days, Japanese chopsticks were reserved solely for religious ceremonies. At this time, hashi looked like tweezers made from one piece of bamboo attached at the top.

Interesting Facts About Chopsticks

Another interesting fact about chopsticks you may not know is these traditional Asian-inspired utensils get celebrated every year on February 6.

On that day, people all over the globe celebrate chopsticks and their invaluable service to humanity. If you plan on attending any events like this, it pays to understand a few critical points about etiquette.

Whether indulging in sticky rice, noodles, soup, or a meat dish, there are specific rules to follow when using hashi.

The first rule is using both hands to pick up the hashi while keeping the tips away from your fingertips.

When positioning them in your dominant hand, hold it like a pencil taking care not to keep it too close to the tip or the ends.

The second piece rests on your third finger, which stays in place when using them. Using the first two fingers and your thumb, you move the chopstick up and down.

Proper etiquette also requires that once finished with using hashi, you bring them together using both hands and gently place them on your hashi Oki rest.

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Most importantly, not all chopsticks are created the same, not do they bear the same name in all languages. For instance, in Ancient China, they are called “zhu.” In modern Chinese, they are called “kuaizi.” In Japanese, they are “hashi.”

Hashi by Edo-Fiber offers multiple options to help add value and authenticity to your business. Please contact us for more information on our products. We fully support our full line of chopsticks and look forward to providing you with world-class service.