Chopsticks. It is the essential eating utensil for Japanese people. They use it to eat everything including salad, pasta, and even jello! There would be complete chaos if the two slender pieces of wood are missing.
It was then a very special treat for World Campus – Japan participants when we had the opportunity to make our own bamboo chopsticks! Smoothing the edges of two matching pieces of bamboo was actually much more difficult than it sounds. The actual process of sanding had to be fairly precise in order to craft a matching pair. As with anything handmade, imperfections are great as they show a more personal touch!
These handcrafted chopsticks are a great memento, even for those of us who are still learning to use them 😉