Many of us have used chopsticks at some point in our lives; most likely while eating Chinese food. In western countries we use forks, knives, and spoons as our usual dining utensils. So when we try using chopsticks for the first time we have a difficult time with it. I know from personal experience my brothers dogs loves sweet and sour chicken. Every time I would try and pick up a piece of chicken my fingers would move and the chicken went flying into the floor. I did learn to steady my hand and keep it from happening.
What started out as a tool for cooking, the chopstick has become one of the most widely used utensils in Asia. The first chopsticks were thought to be made of bronze and were used to remove hot items from a cooking pot. According to an article on (There is no Such World) “there are records of a Chinese emperor asking his servant to make him chopsticks from around 4,000 years ago.” If this is true, they could very well be the first chopsticks used to eat food.
For Japan chopsticks came much later. It is said that the first chopsticks to be used in Japan was around the 5th century. At the time the Japanese only used them for religious ceremonies. These chopsticks were made of bamboo. Japanese chopsticks are unlike all other chopsticks. Like with many things introduced into Japan, the Japanese people have made it their own. Over the years the Japanese chopstick has become more pointed at one end. They are also much shorter than others.
The wooden chopstick like many other products made of wood, have been made of more than just wood. Over the years chopsticks in Japan have been made of plastic, metal, bone, ivory, etc… There has also been many ways chopsticks have been incorporated into everyday items. For instance, chopsticks have been integrated into a pair of eyeglasses. They would slide down the channel that rests on the ear. They have also been used for hair pins. There are even trainer chopsticks. These chopsticks are connected on one end to teach the user how to use them.
Below you will find links to some information on chopsticks and how to use them. Be sure to give me a follow.
CHOPSTICK IN JAPAN: THE HISTORY (July 15, 2013). Retrieved from http://thereisnosuchworld.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/chopstick-in-japan-history.html