Visitors to Japan invariably think that a pair of chopsticks would be a great souvenir of their trip but what most come to realize is that there is another item that (literally) complements chopsticks, and it can also be a very fine collector's item: the hashi-oki, or chopstick rest. And if they are anyting like the Nousaku Tin Crafted Chopstick Rests, then this is true in every sense of the word: besides being functional as tableware, these are also real works of art.
The Nousaku Tin Crafted Chopstick Rests are actually two five-piece sets: the Moon and the Musubi designs. The former are crescent-shaped, while the latter ones are shaped like mizuhiki knots. Mizuhiki is a decorative cord made by twisted paper, frequently used in Japanese gift wrapping decorations. Made of 100% tin, these are unique creations by master Japanese craftsmen. Especially the rests in the Musubi set are so exquisite that you could even use them as fashion accessories!
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