Chopsticks *RERUN
This episode features chopsticks, which are an essential item of tableware for any Japanese-style meal. Different parts of Japan have their own distinctive designs and patterns. We look at some stylish examples, such gleaming pairs fashioned from 120-year-old Japanese red cedar sourced from the Yoshino region of Nara Prefecture, some examples (praised by chefs) crafted from the same wood that is used for rafters in traditional thatched roofs, as well as chopsticks in the Tsugaru region of Aomori Prefecture with patterns inspired by a type of vegetable seed. We also get a look at some rare and unusual items in the possession of a person who has amassed an impressive collection of around 1,000 pairs of chopsticks from around the world. And don't miss the Spanish architect who also designs chopsticks!