Translated by Shannon McNaught
Find the Perfect Pair of Chopsticks at Hashi Gallery Mon, Kichijoji
Written by Mikako Utsunomiya
Looking to buy some chopsticks? How about stopping by Hashi Gallery Mon in Kichijoji to find the perfect pair for you!
Chopsticks are utensils commonly used in Japan. They may be difficult for visitors from overseas to use, but once you get used to them, they're very convenient tools for holding food.
When you visit Japan, challenge yourself to eat with chopsticks!
You can get the hang of using chopsticks more quickly by using a pair that's suited to you. "I don't even know what kind of chopsticks to buy!" We're going to introduce a specialty store where you can find the perfect pair of chopsticks.
Right next to Kichijoji Station! An easy-to-find chopsticks store
On the 2nd floor of Atre, a shopping center connected to Kichijoji Station, there is a store that specializes in chopsticks called Hashi Gallery Mon, Atre Kichijoji Store.
With all of its Japanese-style decorations, you might think it's a general goods store.
Chopsticks from all over Japan
You can find every kind of chopsticks you can imagine at Hashi Gallery Mon.
Even if you're just talking about lacquered chopsticks, lacquered with urushinoki sap, there are many choices available.
Look at and compare different types of lacquers, like the Wakasa coat (created in Fukui Prefecture), using shells or eggs to make designs; the Wajima coat (created in Ishikawa Prefecture) that has designs painted on with lacquer; or the Tsugaru coat (from Aomori Prefecture), layered again and again with lacquer.
These are Meotobashi Chopsticks, made for couples with the same design, but different colors and sizes. They're a perfect gift for couples both married and unmarried. You can even get your names printed on them if you're willing to wait 10 days. We recommend these for foreign tourists too, since you can also have the Roman alphabet printed on them.
What to look for when purchasing chopsticks
When buying chopsticks, it's not just the design that matters - it's also the size.
We asked one of the store's employees how to confirm the right sized chopsticks for yourself.
Using your dominant hand, make a right angle with your thumb and forefinger; the distance between these two fingers is one ata. The ideal chopsticks are 1.5 times the size of this length.
There are also differences in thickness, weight, and even the ends of the chopsticks. If you're not used to using chopsticks, we recommend non-slip chopsticks. They're easy to use because it's hard to drop food with them once you get a good grip on it.
Buy a "chopstick rest" as a souvenir!
Besides chopsticks, this store also has an abundance of chopstick rests, to place your chopsticks when you're not eating. They're reasonably priced and can be seasonal, humorous, or just plain cute.
You'll be awestruck by the colorful dishes and dishes made with traditional Japanese glass.
Tourist-friendly tax free items
Hashi Gallery Mon, Atre Kichijoji Store is a tax free store, so visitors from overseas can buy and enjoy them at a reasonable price. The Kyoto and Nagoya stores are also tax free.
There are also pamphlets about each region's chopsticks, as well as explanations on how to properly use chopsticks (in Japanese).
Choose the perfect pair of chopsticks today!
Hashi Gallery Mon, Atre Kichijoji Store
Address: 1-1-24 Kichijoji Minami-cho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo-to, Atre Kichijoji 2F San-ban Machi
Closed: Open year round
Nearest Station: Inokashira Line, JR Kichijoji Station
Access: Next to Kichijoji Station, inside Atre
Phone number: 0422-22-2024
Official website: Hashi Gallery Mon, Atre Kichijoji Store