The Best Authentic Japanese Chopsticks

Aging over 6,000 years, Chopsticks are some of the world's oldest form of eating utensils. These tools are diverse in function and practicality, while still being undoubtedly simple and elegant. Although they originated within Chinese territory, chopsticks inevitably became popular all over the globe. Through their travels they began to differentiate in name and appearance to fit each respective culture. 

Japanese Word for Chopsticks

In Japan, chopsticks are called hashi and in kanji look a little something like this 箸. They also differ from Chinese chopsticks in appearance in how they taper more on the ends and are also a bit more on the lengthier side. This style is all due to the type of cuisine Japan has to offer, and in turn, determines how to use chopsticks the Japanese way like so:

How to Use Chopsticks Japanese Style

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Japanese Chopsticks Etiquette

Before we show you ten top-notch Japanese style chopsticks, here are some basic rules to master chopstick etiquette!

Do not's:

  • do not stick your chopsticks upright in your rice
  • do not leave your chopsticks crossed on your plate/bowl
  • do not use one chopstick at a time
  • do not pass food from one pair of chopsticks to another
  • do not use unmatched chopsticks
  • do not stir food around with your chopsticks
  • do not take food from a communal plate with your individual pair of chopsticks

Do's:

  • do use a chopstick holder (if you have one or if offered one)
  • do hold and use your chopsticks correctly (see above picture)
  • do lift bowl of rice towards you with one hand and eat with chopsticks with the other

The main thing to remember is that practice makes perfect and although it might seem like a lot to remember right now, you'll be able to get the hang of it in no time!

To begin practicing, here are ten amazing chopsticks that truly embody the Japanese spirit!


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1. Chopsticks, AOOSY 5 Pairs Japanese Natural Wood Chopstick Set with Case

To start off our list, we have these beautifully crafted set of five chopsticks from AOOSY. The naturally nanmu wood utensils are built with durability and safety in mind. With this, they are completely free from toxic materials such as BPA, PVC, or pthalates so everyone in the family can use them risk free! On top of being made from organic materials, these chopsticks are easy to clean and store, especially with the included gift box. Usefulness aside, these chopsticks are also elegantly designed and detailed, adding a nice flair to your everyday kitchen utensil. Beautifully ordained with white flowers on the tips, these chopsticks are sure to not just fit in with the decor, but with every meal as well! We highly recommend these chopsticks from AOOSY since they truly combine elements of practicality and eloquence all in one eating utensil! 

 

2. Youmi Japanese Natural Wood Chopstick Set Reusable Classic Style Chopsticks 5 Pairs Gift Set

Number two on our list presents another set of chopsticks that are hard to compete with! From Youmi, we have chopsticks that once again come in a set of five, that way they're perfect for the whole family or even small dinner parties. Made from jujube wood, these chopsticks, much like the first pair, are also guaranteed to be free of any harmful materials and are made easy to clean and polish. In addition to the durable wood, these chopsticks are varnished with eco-friendly  food grade lacquer to prevent against staining and breaking in any way. To add a bit of individuality, each chopstick in the collection has a beautifully painted golden flower at the base.  With an included organizational box to keep and store your utensils, these chopsticks make for the perfect set to be had in any kitchen!

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3. Happy Sales HSKS1/B, Japanese Black Chopsticks Set with Case - Crane Design Black

For those times when you only need one pair of chopsticks that you know will do the job, Happy Sales brings you the pair that will be perfect for the job! Black lacquered for protection as well as that nice glossy finish, these chopsticks are everything you need and more! The chopsticks themselves are not only the perfect travel size, they also come with a beautifully designed plastic case that's easy to pack in a bag and bring with you for every meal and is an extra bit of protection. These chopsticks very much embody the Japanese spirit and tradition in their simple design, color, and style. They are also incredibly lightweight and easy to use, which makes them all the better for beginners of the Japanese chopsticks eating style. Take a stab at these wonderful chopsticks from Happy Sales!

 

4. AUCH Japanese Sakura Bamboo Chopsticks, Blue

Our next chopsticks feature a slightly different design that makes them stand out in the sea of chopstick brands. These chopsticks, from the company AUCH, are built with the prominent goal in mind for easy eating and grasping! On the tips of these chopsticks are tiny circular grooves that assist in grabbing even the smoothest of foods, making them the perfect option for individuals who have never, or have little experience, eating with chopsticks. Made from 100% bamboo, these chopsticks also are created with traditional Japanese sakura (cherry blossom) on your choice of either a blue or red background. Reusable, dishwasher safe, and easy to store in yet another black gift box, these chopsticks will surely be the optimal gift for someone just learning how to use them!

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5. Happy Sales HSCH22/S, 5 Pairs Multi Color Design Japanese Bamboo Chopsticks Gift Set, Mnt

In the mood for a set of chopsticks that is all about simplicity? Then Happy Sales has made the perfect set for you! Made from sturdy bamboo, these chopsticks are indeed made simple and neat. Designed after the traditional Japanese chopstick, long and tapered on the end, these chopsticks reflect all there is to love about these popular eating utensils. Coming in a set of five, these chopsticks make an excellent gift or even for family/friend gatherings. On top of their simple design, they are easy to clean, whether you prefer to hand wash or stick them right inside the dishwasher. Happy Sales also makes sure that they're chopsticks are long lasting and that not even the paint will chip away, even after repetitive daily use. Smooth, elegant, and minimal, these chopsticks work for just about every type of occasion!

 

6. Happy Sales HSCH24/S, 5 pairs Japanese chopsticks gift sets Twist

Happy Sales brings yet another great style of chopsticks made for the entire family! These chopsticks are made with a fun twist, literally! On the ends of each chopstick in this set of five are twists that bring about a whole new sense of whimsy! Even with these more abstract designs, these chopsticks are still every bit practical and sturdy. Once again made from wood with a light lacquered finish, these chopsticks take the ordinary and turn it into a refreshing new look. These chopsticks are especially great for kids or individuals who are a bit intimidated by chopsticks and are in need of that little bit of fun to get them out of their comfort zone. Even though they have twisty ends, gripping the chopsticks happens to be easier than a lot of other types of chopsticks! For a new type of chopstick that strays from the norm, grab yourself this set from Happy Sales!

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7. Rbenxia Metal Steel Chopstick Stainless Steel Spiral Chopsticks

Time to deviate from the ordinary wood and bamboo chopsticks and take a look at a different type all together! Rbenxia gives us our next type of chopstick on this list, one that is made out of metal. Whether or not metal is better than wood is entirely preference, but these metal chopsticks are definitely worth checking out! Although you would imagine them to be heavier, these chopsticks are actually quite light and easy to use, especially since they have a swirly design built-in to enable a sturdier grip. Dishwasher safe and praised for being easier to clean than most wood materials, these chopsticks are convenient in every way! Ready to try out a new chopstick experience, or simply prefer a utensil you know will last, then Rbenxia's metal chopsticks are the set for you!

 

8. JapanBargain Wooden Portable Travel Chopsticks

Although chopsticks are pretty portable to begin with, it's nice to have a set dedicated to just that! These wooden travel chopsticks from Japan Bargain will reinvent the way you see portable eating utensils. Designed with the traditional Japanese style in mind, these chopsticks are unique in that they can  disconnect into two separate pieces to easily store and pack away. To put the pieces back together, you simply screw them on and you're ready to dig in! Wooden with a black outer coat, these chopsticks are sturdy even with being able to screw together. To assist in their portability even more so, these chopsticks come with a sliding wooden case that's both compact and nicely sealed. Finished with a beautiful twist on the end of the stick, these chopsticks are truly one of a kind and absolutely perfect for everything from a packed lunch at the office to even an extended camping trip. Ready to take your chopsticks every where you go to cease every eating opportunity, then grab a pair from Japan Bargain today! 

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9. JapanBargain Brand 5 Piece Japanese Bamboo Chopsticks Gift Set Multi Color Design (MNT)

Looking for slick, modern, and easy to use chopsticks? Say no more! With Japan Bargain's bamboo chopsticks you will have the lovely modern chopsticks you've always wanted. These five set of chopsticks come in a multi-color design that compliments the bamboo material well. Finished with a glossy lacquer outer layer, these chopsticks are perfect for casual dinner parties, or even a picnic out in the park! With your preference of hand washing or simply throwing them in the dishwasher, either way, these chopsticks will last long and serve you well. We definitely recommend these for individuals just beginning to understand the Japanese customs and who intend to master the art of eating with chopsticks. These chopsticks also truly resemble your average chopstick you'd find in any authentic Japanese restaurant, which make them the perfect tool for learning and practicing with! Start your chopstick learning journey the right way with these amazing utensils from Japan Bargain!

 

10. Iuhan® 2 Pairs Handmade Japanese Natural Chestnut Wood Chopsticks Set Value Gift

Encompassing all their is to love about Japanese tradition and culture, we have our final set of chopsticks by luhan! As mentioned, these chopsticks truly uphold the classic style in a way that is affordable and easy to access. Made from all natural chestsnut wood, these chopsticks don a beautiful dark red brown hue that is bound to match any kitchen set you might already have. These chopsticks are yet another pair that are wonderful for beginners, all the way from the young to the old. In this package, you receive two pairs of these lovely chopsticks as well as a guarantee for visible quality! Smooth, easy to grip, and classic in every sense of the word, these chopsticks make for a fine eating utensil! 

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