Japanese auspicious omen motifs chopsticks rest 吉祥紋様の箸置き


Chopsticks rests are used to lift the pointing area of the chopsticks to avoid the direct contact with the table. These chopsticks rests come in various sizes, shapes and designs, so some people enjoy collecting them and use them at different occasions possibly depending on the seasons and guests etc.

Some of them are very cute and attractive. Moreover they are generally very reasonable, so they can be perfects gifts for your family and friends from Japan.

We also generally stock several different types of chopsticks rests at our store, and I may talk about it in the future, but today I will introduce these geometric pattern metal chopsticks rests.


They are about 3cm square chopsticks rests with 5 different geometric patterns on them.

These geometric patterns are auspicious omen motifs and all of them have good, but different meanings to them.


There are usually more different auspicious omen motifs in Japan, but they are the most popular ones.

Sayagata (紗綾型) – a pattern of interlocking manji – ancient Buddhist symbols that have been used across many cultures for thousands of years. The symbol came to Japan in around 1500s, and is known to represent longevity and prosperity.

Seigaiha(青海波) – literally means “Blue ocean wave” and similar designs can be found in other countries too. In Japan it is considered as a symbol of peace, good luck, and good fortune.

Kikko(亀甲)- means a tortoise shell. We believe that turtle lives for 10,000 years, so it is often a symbol of longevity.

Shippo(七宝)- means seven treasures of buddhism i.e. gold, silver, lapis lazuli, agate, seashell, amber, and coral. The pattern represent eternal wealth and prosperity of your family.

Asanoha(麻の葉)- means hemp leaves design. Hemp has been an important plant in Japan, being the primary clothing fiber along with silk, until the 17th century when cotton was introduced to Japan. It represents growth and good health as hemp grows fast, so it was customary to use Asanoha for children’s clothes in hopes that the child would grow fast and strong. We have also believed that Asanoha keeps bad spirits away from you, so you often find that design on kimono as well.

The size of the chopsticks rests is 3.3cm x 3.3cm x 0.5cm

The price is 800yen+tax/each

For more details, you can also visit our online store (Japanese only)

Yahoo: http://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/maaoyama/114-19.html

Aoyama market: http://www.aoyamamarket.com/ma/kitchen-chopsticks/kisshomon.html


Should you have any queries or if you are interested in purchasing any of them, please feel free to contact us. We can also ship them overseas by EMS after confirming your payment by PayPal.

How to purchase them?

You can either visit our store in Tokyo or you can send us emails and we can send them overseas by EMS or send them to those designated hotels or places within Japan where you specify after confirming your payment.

Please choose the bowls you want to purchase and we will calculate the cost of EMS (we normally provide cheaper option if it is available) and we will request the payment with Paypal to you by email. We will send it to you right after we confirm your payment.

For domestic delivery within Japan, the shipping cost is only 648yen and it is free when the total goes over 10,800yen.

Contact address is info(at)mabysoshite.com (please change the (at) to @).

Alternatively if you happen to be in Tokyo, you can visit us in Aoyama

How to visit us in Tokyo?

The shop is only 1min walk from Gaienmae station exit 1b on Ginza line Tokyo Metro.

If you are a visitor to Japan, please bring your passport, so you can claim for tax free!


MA by So Shi Te

2-22-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku,

Tokyo Japan 107–0062

Tel: 03-3401-0922


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