About 4 out of 5 pairs of chopsticks made in Japan are made in the tiny town of Obama, Japan, population 33,000 people, which lies on the beautiful Wakasa bay. Wakasa pairs are typically handcrafted of natural materials to resemble different views of the ocean floor seen through the crystal clear waters of the bay. At one time there were more than 150 families that manufactured artisan chopsticks in Obama, Japan. Today there are only 9 remaining masters. As their children choose other careers, these family businesses are endangered of becoming extinct. If you still wish to see these finely crafted works of art, check out the Wakasa chopsticks and our information page about Wakasa chopsticks.
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