My Chopsticks Collection…
I am a Filipina. My mom has Spanish blood while my papa hailed from his Chinese ancestors. This is why I wonder why I have this undying fascination for chopsticks.
I have a high regard to the Japanese. I admire their simple and chic manner of designing their homes. The crisp cleanliness of interiors to inhabit in a daily basis. I kept wondering if they really maintain the cleanliness in actual daily living. I love their gardens too. So serene it brings me closer to God. Truly relaxes my senses. And its’ lush and green energizes me. I see them living in beauty. Such admiration I hold since I was a kid.
Part of which is collecting chopsticks. I have all the kinds:
My favorite color
Made of plastic
With a case
I learned to appreciate their food since college since one of our professor used to bring us to this Japanese restaurant a few blocks away from our school. I remember the warmth hospitality shown by the attendants wearing Kimonos.
Reading from Memoirs of a Geisha, it taught me that the designs of those has a story to tell whether it is floral or birds or water or cherry blossoms it has its own interpretation and are dependent on the season.
My cousin recently came from Japan and surprised me with a whole set of authentic chopsticks.
Keeping them with my collection as newest members of the family, and made me realized I had a lot except for something like this which I think is something I could no longer afford.
Though my set of collections gives me this happiness as I have gained them through the years, some are gifts, some are bought by me whichever way, I love lookin’ at them and I think I am close enough to do this:
I saw these a few years ago and decided to make my DIY. Though at that time my chopsticks aren’t enough to complete the circle. Now I need a few more (well maybe even more) ahaha!, to be able to do it.
I guess I have to visit flea stores more often and find some items to complete them. Little did I know that eating with chopstick has an art in it too. And even interpretations. I learned that placing them pointed on the rice bowl is a no no as it means death to the Japanese so since then I try my best to avoid doing it.
T’was also nice to know that here in the Philippines- there are endless Japanese restaurants to choose from. The one in Buendia is Kamameshi. There’s an authentic one somewhere in which my former boss introduced to me. Unlike restaurants that are designed by professionals, their place is just like an old Japanese house. Here are some in our country:
1. SUGI is in the old Greenbelt where I grew up
2. JOHN & YOKO a new take located in Makati and Alabang (I especially like the violet fabrics of the chairs)
3. TERIYAKI BOY is an affordable take when it comes to Japanese cravings
4. SAISAKI the one in Pasay road was an old time favorite
5. AKIRA at Shangri-la mall
6. RED KIMONO in Alabang
7. KIMPURA in front of Landmark, Makati is still standing strong after more than 20 years
8. TEMPURA HAUS in Tacloban
9. ONKEI in Greenbelt 3
10. FUKUYA in Festival mall (the nearest one for me)
11. SUMOSAM in Shangri-la mall
12. TATAMI in Serendra
13. KAMAMESHI which we frequent during college
14. IZAKAYA YUCHAN which is a few minutes away from home
And the list goes on and on. =)
Sooner or later I will be able to have my own framed chopstick collection! Can’t wait! Yey! ❤ (–,)