Originating in Kyoto, this fifth-generation atelier combines traditional shaping techniques with modern design concepts. Bamboo used in Kohchosai Kosuga products is Madake or Mousouchiku variety, which is sourced in Japan and is light-weight and very sturdy.
These rustic Nagomi chopsticks showcase the natural beauty of bamboo by leaving the epidermis of the bamboo intact. There are three different varieties for you to enjoy: Madake, Gomatake, and Zumendake; all are finished with a thin coating of lacquer on the sides.
Madake is a simple and pure bamboo design. After harvesting, the bamboo is let out to dry in the sun, replacing the green hue of bamboo with a creamy tone, allowing for the smooth, natural beauty of the bamboo to shine through.
Gomatake has a natural spotted design that resembles tiny sesame seeds. This is achieved by cutting off the branches of the bamboo before harvesting. The bamboo will slowly begin to die, creating this unique sesame pattern. The size and density of the pattern depend on both the weather and soil conditions.
Zumendake features a characteristic patchy pattern that is created by painting the bamboo with a mixture of sand, sulfuric acid, and water. The concentration of the liquid is adjusted according to the climate and humidity to create the perfect pattern.
*Zumendake is now discontinued in production
Size: 9” | 23 cm
Weight: 0.3 oz | 9 g
Material: Bamboo, Lacquer
Producer: Kohchosai Kosuga
Origin: Kyoto, Japan
Usage and Care
Hand wash only Use mild soap and soft sponge
Avoid soaking in water
Avoid extended exposure to direct sunlight; product may discolor and/or warp
Avoid using near exposed flame or electric stoves; items are flammable
Avoid using in microwave; coatings will be damaged
Please be careful as bamboo occasionally splinters
Usually ships out in-stock items within 3 business days of order.
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Usually ship out in-stock within 5 business days of order.
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