“Kagurazaka Honoka” locates on a little aisle one block away from Kagurazaka-dori. A shop specializing in chopsticks is very rare even in this area. The owner of this shop, Mr. Hitoshi Ohsumi had worked for a company of household goods before. In 2016, he finally made his dream come true to open this shop.
The store handles various kinds of chopsticks. “Edokibashi” is hand-made by Edo craftsmen. “Echizenbashi” is hand-made by craftsmen from processing wooden material to finishing. They have also some finished with Wajima Nuri or Tsugaru Nuri (Nuri means lacquer coating), and others shaped in triangle or pentagonal, or with thick blade carving or gorgeous lacquer work. There are chopsticks for from daily use to precious gift with various materials at different prices.
As a chopsticks specialty shop, they stick to recommending the one with suitable size for each customer’s hand. Suitable length is each one’s 1.5 times length between tips of thumb to index finger when they are making “L” shape, which is called “hitohata-han.” The shop has a scale to find the best size chopsticks. Also, there are various kinds of chopsticks for children, women and adults. So, everyone can find a pair of chopsticks that suits to your hand very well.
You can hold all chopsticks in your hand to feel the handiness. “The important things to choose a pair of chopsticks are feeling and handiness in your hand, and durable for daily use. Please take a look and try chopsticks in your hand.”
Mr. Ohsumi says that chopsticks are at the center of Japanese dining table. So, he is very particular about it. “Since Washoku, traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese was added to the list of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list, it attracts attentions as a culture. It is the time to present our passion for traditional dietary culture.”
Jan 2018 Text: Ryoko Kuraishi Photo: Yasuo Yamaguchi