Bamboo chopsticks from Kyoto, each one totally unique, with a 10-year lifespan
Located just a 5-minute walk from Shijo Station on the Kyoto City Subway’s Karasuma Line is Ichihara Heibei Shoten, a store gaining popularity for its bamboo chopsticks, which are said to be useable for a period of over 10 years. While ordinary chopsticks tend to deteriorate after about one year, the Miyako chopsticks sold at this shop are noted for their long lifespan. They are made from Susu bamboo, an especially durable and valuable bamboo that is over 150 years old. These chopsticks range from 16cm to 36cm in length, so they offer the added benefit of giving you the ability to buy ones that fit the size of your palm and the length of your fingers. Additionally, the store offers about 400 kinds of products in all, including spoons and forks, and you can pick any of them up and get a real feel for them before buying. Kyoto is known as a center for handmade bamboo goods, so this is the perfect place to go shopping for some bamboo chopsticks.