Ichihara Heibei Shoten

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    Ichihara Heibei Shoten

    Chopsticks of elegance and delicateness – Handmade by craftspeople

    Since its foundation in the Edo period (1600-1868), Ichihara Heibei Shoten has offered only the best quality chopsticks.  Not only for general dining occasions but they also produce many different kinds of chopsticks depending on purposes of use.  There are as many as 400 different forms of chopsticks to meet every demand.  Chopsticks are such simple tools – just consisting of two sticks – but that simple structure exhibits amazing elegance and functionality.  The Heian-bashi is the pair for ordinary dining.  This type of chopsticks is often made from bamboo coated with lacquer, and has an incredibly thin end which enables users to pick up food with a graceful movement.  Curiously, the thinner ends make user’s hand movements appear extremely elegant.  The Miyako-bashi was invented by the previous owner and uses a rare kind bamboo called Susu-dake.  Susu-dake is a kind of bamboo originally used as a part of the traditional Japanese hearth so that the bamboo is naturally smoked over the years and becomes dark brown.  People often put great value on this natural outcome.  Susu-dake is also very durable which is why it is preferred as a material for Japanese items.  Bamboo with a spotted pattern, red-lacquered, ebony, chestnuts wood, and all kinds of chopsticks can be found in the Ichihara Heibei Shoten.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,January issue,2012


    Name Ichihara Heibei Shoten
    Address Sakaimachi-dori Shijo-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-341-3831
    Hours 10:00-18:00 (weelday); 11:00-18:00 (Sun. & national holidays)
    Closed Sun. & closed irregularly on other days