I have been a collector of hashioki or chopstick rests since 1993. I appreciate them as table decorations and sanitation devices, but above all treasure them because they help me appreciate Japan’s rich culture. In the beginning most of my hashioki were purchased in Hong Kong and Japan, but today — thanks to the Internet — I can add amazing examples to my collection without leaving my home in Indiana. To date my collection includes over 1300 unique examples.
I decided to launch this hashiokipedia (meaning “encyclopedia about hashioki”) in December 2015 with the hope sharing photos of my collection and my thoughts, of connecting with other hashioki collectors… and maybe recruiting a few new collectors. Welcome!