日本刀箸

30 May

Last August I wrote a post about Star Wars Lightsaber Chopsticks.

(Click here to read that post.)

Well, the company that sold those chopsticks (Kotobukiya) is now offering 「日本刀箸」 (“Samurai Sword Chopsticks“).

As I said in my post about the Star Wars chopsticks, I don’t really have an interest in gimmicky chopsticks. I eat with chopsticks everyday…but I use normal chopsticks.

That said, I’d rather use these 「日本刀箸」 (“Samurai Sword Chopsticks”) than the 「ライトセーバーチョップスティック」 (“Lightsaber chopsticks”).
They’re kinda cool. Besides, when George Lucas made the Star Wars movie a lot of his inspiration came from Japan…the “Lightesabers”, for example, were based on 「日本刀」 (Japanese swords).

Anyways, these 「日本刀箸」 (“Samurai Sword Chopsticks”) are available in three different designs. They’re modeled after the swords of three famous samurai in Japanese history:  「伊達政宗」 (Date Masamune), 「真田雪村」 (Sanada Yukimura), and 「前田慶次」 (Maeda Keiji).

Chopsticks based on the samurai Date Masamune's sword.

Chopsticks based on the samurai Sanada Yukimura's sword.

Chopsticks based on the samurai Maeda Keiji's sword.

Chopsticks based on the samurai Maeda Keiji's sword.

The 「箸置き」 (chopsticks rests) for these chopsticks have the Family Crest for the samurai whose sword the chopsticks are designed after.

Each pair of these chopsticks cost ¥1,050.

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10 Responses to “日本刀箸”

  1. Troo June 1, 2010 at 4:16 am #

    Yeah, saw these on Strapya a few weeks ago. I must say I’m quite fancying them… Ah, if only I had disposable income!

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    • tokyo5 June 2, 2010 at 1:43 am #

      Do you like these?
      Do you have a pair of Japanese chopsticks?

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      • Troo June 3, 2010 at 2:33 am #

        I have quite a few pairs of Japanese chopsticks. My favourite are a lilac pair from Kyoto, but I’m also keen on a Benetton travel set of chopsticks, fork and spoon that came in a neat little box to keep them clean.

        I find Japanese chopsticks far easier to eat with than the chunky, plasticky Chinese ones. You get much finer dexterity out of Japanese ones.

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      • tokyo5 June 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

        >set of chopsticks, fork and spoon that came in a neat little box to keep them clean.

        Sounds like a chopsticks/fork/spoon set that people in Japan bring to work or school with their lunch (弁当).

        >chunky, plasticky Chinese ones.

        From what I’ve seen Chinese chopsticks are longer and Korean ones are heavier than Japanese ones.
        I’m used to Japanese chopsticks, of course…so they’re the easiest to use, for me too.

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  2. Goodeven May 31, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    I guess it’s hard to use.
    Because “つば” which is the circle part of the sord is obstructive.

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    • tokyo5 June 1, 2010 at 1:47 am #

      Yeah, they look like it would taking getting used to if you intended to use them to actually eat with.

      I suppose, though, that they’re intended as decorative souvenirs only.

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  3. bartman905 May 31, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    I actually just got these from Amazon Japan for 778 yen. Haven’t opened them yet, they look quite nice.

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    • tokyo5 June 1, 2010 at 1:45 am #

      I remember that you got the Star Wars chopsticks too, didn’t you?
      That’s good that you found a cheaper price. The manufacturer’s listed price for them is ¥1,050 (about US$11).

      I think they would make good gifts for your friends and family in Canada.

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      • bartman905 June 3, 2010 at 10:21 am #

        Yes I also did also the Star Wars chopsticks (3 more new ones will be coming out in August) … also from Amazon for ¥778 each – I love Amazon Japan!

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      • tokyo5 June 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

        Three different sets of “Lightsaber chopsticks” will be offered?

        I didn’t know there were that many different characters in Star Wars who used a lightsaber.

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