An initially confusing
but inevitably easy and elegant
way to consume nearly any kind of food
. After 5 meals one should be proficient
at their use, and after a month in any Asian country
, it will be second nature.
The Japanese (and myself) typically prefer o-hashi to western utensils as they are far more versitle than a fork and japanese manners usually render a knife unnecessary. Soups are often noisily slurped directly from the bowl even; thus spoons are a rare sight as well.
O-hashi are better known as chopsticks in the west, of course. They consist of two long sticks, perhaps 1.5 times the length of a hand, which one manipulates with one hand to grab food from your plate for delivery to your mouth. Hashi come in many shapes, sizes, colors, textures, and materials, and one may purchase sets of various lengths, weights, and balances to fit one's hand perfectly.