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V.20 No.30 | 7/28/2011
A gift set with chopstick rests, plus small dishes for soy and wasabi to accompany sushi
Mina Yamashita

Mina's Dish

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Getting a handle on chopsticks

While billions of Asians use chopsticks every day of their lives, here in the West, we encounter them most often in restaurants. I learned to eat with chopsticks before I was 5. My mom took two pairs of adult-sized chopsticks and whittled them down to kid-size. She painted one set blue for my younger brother, and one set pink for me. These were special and much better balanced for our small hands.

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