As an alternative to making Japanese chopsticks with reusable plastic or disposable wood, Marushige Confectionery recently launched a pair of utensils that are made from an edible material.
Although Marushige Confectionery's chopsticks look as if they are made from a lightly colored wood, they are actually made from the Igusa reed, which is commonly used to make tatami floor mats. In terms of texture, the chopsticks are sturdy enough to be used to pick up food, but they are brittle enough to bite into. As far as the taste of the Japanese chopsticks go, they are branded with a "tatami flavor" that is said to be quite bitter, like dried grass.
Currently, Marushige Confectionery's edible chopsticks can be found in two restaurants in Tokyo, Japan: Casa Afeliz Ginza and Umato.
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