FAQ


What is a hamidashimono?

Hamidashimono (はみだしもの) is the wood that is leftover from the chopstick manufacturing process. Every Hamidashimono is upcycled, collected, stored and dried as if it were a regular pair of izakaya-grade chopsticks and once whittled, sanded and wiped is ready for use in eating. 

"Hamidashimono" translates to “the one that was left behind”.

What is included with the Hamidashimono #1?

  • 50 individual Hamidashimono sourced from Yoshino factories
  • A cedar hamidashi holder, made in Yoshino
  • A traditional Higonokami Superior Brass whittling knife
  • 10 Okada brand #240 grade sandpaper
  • 25 Ue Washi Koubou hand made paper bands for wrapping chopsticks prior to use, also sourced from Yoshino
  • An indigo dyed tenugui

Why #1?

This is the first batch we've made available for sale.

What is a tenugui?

A tenugui is a versatile cloth that is commonly used in Japan for wrapping, carrying and can also be worn as a headscarf. Our tenugui is screen printed with a indigo dye wood-chip design, and is printed in Shizouka Prefecture.

How are chopsticks normally made?

  1. Yoshino lumber scraps (that are from sustainable forestry) are transported to the factory for upcycling.
  2. The plants are cut to the correct chopstick length, using a yokobiki machine
  3. The wood is steamed in a pressure cooker to make it easier to slice, atsuryokugama
  4. The stubs are then sliced into the correct chopstick thickness, dansaiki 
  5. The rough side edges and bark are filed off, sobatori (translates to rabbit ears)
  6. Pairs of chopsticks are made with a perfect split, kowariki. Pieces that are not sufficiently wide for a pair are Hamidashimono. 
  7. Placed in a dryer for six hours, kansouki.
  8. Placed in a rolling machine to clean and polish the surface, migaki. 
  9. Outsourced quality inspection, kenpin.
  10. Shipment to (mostly Tokyo) izakayas, shyukka.

How are Hamidashimono made?

Pick two Hamidashimono and start whittling. It takes minutes to make a pair that are ready to be used. And months to master the technique. 

Can Hamidashimono be re-used?

Yes! We are still using pairs we whittled when we were starting out.

My Hamidashimono has small imperfections—is that normal.

Welcome to the world of natural wood. The process of becoming a hashi tatsujin (chopstick master) requires you to first understand the materials you are working with. Blemishes and small knots can be carved and sanded away, or enhanced to be one-of-a-kind.

How is the wood upcycled?

The Kitamura Seihashisho uses wood left-over from the home construction industry to make chopsticks. We then take the left-over wood from the chopstick making process to make Hamidashimono. If you want to go one step further to re-use everything, you can make kindling from the Hamidashimono shavings.

Going back to the source—all of this is made with locally grown wood from sustainably managed forests. You can even book a tour with the official Guardian of the Forest. 

Is Hamidashimono suitable for children?

This is not a toy. The Higonokami knife is sharp and misuse can result in serious injury. It is not recommended for use by children, except with careful adult supervision. 

That said, learning the craft of making an eating utensil, the cost of disposable culture and the value of upcycling will bring out the child in all of us.

What kind of knife is included in the kit?

We use a brass-handled Higonokami knife with a steel blade. This style of knife was commonly used to whittle pencils in Japanese schools.

Why Yoshino?

Yoshino is deep in the heart of Japanese timber country, and is closely associated with chopstick manufacturing in Japan. 

Today there are still twenty-six working timber mills, and two chopstick factories in town, that upcycle wood from the Japanese home construction industry. We highly recommend a visit.

Where do you products ship from?

All Hamidashimono ship from Japan.

We currently have no plans to add more shipping centers.

Do you ship worldwide?

Yes! We ship worldwide.

Can I buy wholesale? 

To arrange wholesale orders of 20 or more units, please use the contact us form.

Who are you?

We are Jan ChipchaseJames Gibson and Eko Hayashi, three designers based in Japan.