Beautiful manner to use chopsticks

Beautiful manner to use chopsticks

 

 We can see above beautiful sky in early spring from Kyoto Handicraft Center.

In the garden...

Some plants have sprouted just after weeding.

Is that a sign of gods??

Today, we will introduce a small history of chopsticks and beautiful manner to use chopsticks.

■Gods dwell on the top of chopsticks?

Chopsticks are indispensable for our eating habits in Japan, in other words, chopsticks are too natural for our life to think about them deeply. So, we often treat them a little bit roughly.

However, we have to think about things seems too ordinary, it is important to discover something precious for us.

Today, we discover "Gods on the chopsticks"!

A long time ago, in the 4th century, chopsticks ware brought to Japan from China. It is said that people used chopsticks not only to use for their meals, but also used for the important rituals, because the chopsticks are thought as a bridge to connect "Gods" and "people".

In Japanese language, chopsticks are called as "Hashi". "Hashi" originally means "edge", Hashi has two "edge", one is top of chopsticks, and another one is tip of chopsticks. People believed that gods are on the top of chopsticks and people's spirits are on the tip of chopsticks, so "Hashi", chopsticks are like a bridge to connect Gods and people.



So, chopsticks are sacred items and having a meal is thought as one of the beautiful act.

This is why, we have a manner to use chopsticks beautifully, with respect to chopsticks and meals.
(However, most of us tend to forget this kind of manner, so we have to learn again!)

This is a movie to learn traditional manner to use chopsticks.

And, this one is a movie of advanced version to use chopsticks and a bowl...

 

Would you like to try beautiful manner to use chopsticks?

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京都ハンディクラフトセンターから見える早春の夕暮れ・・・

草抜きをしたばかりのはずのテラスには、なんとウサギのお耳のような芽が!

不思議な光景です。

これは小さな神様が降臨???

さて、今日はお箸の歴史を振り返りながら、美しくお食事をいただく大切さを語ってまいりましょう。

 

■お箸には神様がおわします・・・

お箸の「箸」は端と端をつなぐという意味が起源となっているとのことです。

お箸の天の部分は「神様のもの」そして箸先は「人のもの」と考えられていたため、お箸は神様と人をつなぐ大切な道具として
古い昔から神事でも使われていたとか・・・(諸説あります)。

そう、だからお箸には神様が宿るのだそうですよ!

私たちの生活にあまりにも馴染みすぎているお箸。

そんな深い意味があったとは驚きです。

忙しい毎日の中で、急いで食事を済ませてしまうことも多いかと思いますが、時には心静かにお箸に「尊敬の気持ち」をこめて
凛とした気持ちでお食事をいただくのもよいかもしれません。

心もすっきり整いますよ。

今日はちょっとした美しいお箸のお作法を動画を見ながら一緒にチャレンジしてみませんか?

お茶碗を持ちながらお箸はどのように扱えばよいのでしょう?意外に難しいです。御覧になりたい方はコチラからどうぞ!


*外国人のお客様向けの動画ですので、字幕が英語です。ご了承くださいませ。

ちょっといいお箸でいいお食事をお楽しみになりたい方はこちらを覗いてみてください!

どうぞ、みなさま心豊かな食生活を!

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