神戸箸屋Kobe Hashiya

© Kobe Hashiya

© Kobe Hashiya

Wooden, bamboo, lacquering, sizes, tori-bashi…there are more than 500 types of chopsticks and more than 150 types of chopstick rests in the shop. The price is also diversely ranges from 600 yen to 16,000 yen. Designs are 90% original木・竹・塗・サイズ・取り箸など箸メインで500種類以上、はしおきも150種類程。価格も600円~16000円のものまで幅広い。デザインは9割オリジナルのものだ





Text: Chiaki Ogura

Kobe Hashiya started in 1990 in Nankinmachi in Kobe City in Hyogo prefecture. It was a store with only 7 square meters back then. The store got introduced on TV shows and travel magazines and people started to say, “This is the place to ask about chopsticks,” which it became famously known for. The current shop was moved and renovated in October 2011. Chopsticks are lined up in an art gallery-like store interior, and the store manager, who will remind you of a Japanese countryside mother, welcomes you with a big smile. Chopsticks can be chosen by actually lifting them with your hands, observe their weights, lengths, thicknesses, and texture. It is a cheerful and homey store, where asking “How should I choose a pair of chopsticks?” is a decent question.

Chopsticks are a bridge that connects food and us, and are simply an object that is closest to the act of eating. 80 percent of the customers who purchase products are women. Staff members are all female who look at details from the female perspective and create products for good of the users.

For the regular customers and the fans, a custom-made salon with appointment-only regulation called Kotohogiya opened in 2008. It is a salon that carefully listens to the customer’s requests and provides visitors with their ideal chopsticks. There are many people who visit the salon to look for their friend’s wedding present or their parent’s kanreki (60th birthday) present.

Kobe Hashiya
Address: 3-2-1 Sannomiya-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe
Open: 11:00 – 19:00

Tel: 078-333-8488

Text: Chiaki Ogura
Translation: Meiko Maruyama

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