Uniqueness of Yoshino Sugi / Hinoki
Chopsticks that are kind to people and nature
Making to environment
Yoshino has been known for top quality cedar trees since the Muromachi era, and is one of the top three most beautiful man-made forest lands in Japan. Distinct features of Yoshino Sugi are having no knots, very fine tree rings and long grain, making them ideal for building materials.
Our Yoshino Sugi chopsticks are made from the remnants of wood that is left after being processed in the lumber mill. We want to prevent the loss of trees due to chopstick manufacturing and lessen the environmental burden of using raw materials, effectively making our product environmentally friendly.
We are devoted to making good quality chopsticks in that we choose natural materials all the while keeping in consideration the use, shape, and fragrance of our product. It is with this theme in mind that we at Sakaguchi Shoten continue to devote our time in making the best chopsticks.
(Chopsticks shaved to an angle at the top end)
After Yoshino Sugi and Hinoki are logged, the center wood is used for building materials while the outer wood is used for manufacturing chopsticks.
Chopstick Manufacturing Process ①
Hinoki Tensoge Chopsticks
Outer layer, Hinoki
Cutting the wood
Steaming the wood
Smoothing the cut wood
Shaving the flat sides
Cutting into slabs
Pressing the slabs into chopsticks
Aligning the chopsticks
Edging the heads and tips
Sorting for delivery
Chopstick Manufacturing Process ②
Sugi Tensoge Chopsticks
Cutting wood pieces into chopstick length
Material made by the cutting process
Smoothing down the wood surface
Cutting the board into the proper thickness for chopsticks
Cutting down the sides
Smoothing all sides
Forming the chopsticks