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Japanese Designers Simplify Chopstick Etiquette With Origami Packaging
By Anthea Quay, 04 Jun 2012
Delving further into the etiquette of Japanese dining, Tokyo-based designers Takeshi Hamana and Yuya Iwagaki have created a simple, elegant packaging design for chopsticks (‘hashi’ in Japanese) to guide its users on the table manners of the Japanese utensils.
As table manners, users should place their chopsticks on a chopstick-rest when they are not using them and are not done eating—instead of sticking the utensils into their food or placing them on edges of plates or bowls.
The chopstick packaging, called ‘Temotoasobi’, has instructions on folding the packaging origami-style to create a chopsticks rest.
Only when users are satisfied, should they place their chopsticks on their plates of bowls to signify that you are done eating—a Japanese etiquette called ‘sahou’.
Temotoasobi takes into consideration the Japanese ‘omotenashi’ etiquette—that is the hospitality of offering guests wrapped, disposable wooden chopsticks.
[via Spoon & Tamago and BBT]
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