At Hashimoto Buddhist Sculpture Shop,
you can make your own chopsticks
using the togidashi lacquerwork technique.

Learn the skills
To make a gorgeous
pair of chopsticks!

Craft your own one-of-a-kind
togidashi chopsticks with a master in
the preservation of cultural artifacts!

160 years of woodcarving and lacquer craft
Hashimoto Buddhist Sculpture Shop

The pair of brothers who run this shop are fifth generation carving and lacquer craftsmen. They use traditional techniques to repair shrine and temple sculptures, craft Buddhist family altars, and more.

Koshu Hashimoto

Lacquer work
Atsushi Hashimoto

1-166 Takeda, Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture 964-0902
Approx. 10 min. by taxi from JR Nihonmatsu Station. Parking available.
Open 9:00–18:00.

What you’ll do

Use traditional techniques to make your own pair of chopsticks!

Use traditional techniques to make your own pair of chopsticks!

  • STEP 1

    Listen to an explanation of the techniques.

  • STEP 2

    Wrap sandpaper around a wooden block.

  • STEP 3

    Smooth the surface of the chopsticks using a roughgrained sandpaper.

  • STEP 4

    As you sand, a pattern will gradually appear.
    Next, finish the surface using fine-grained sandpaper.

  • STEP 5

    Apply a finish to bring out the luster.

  • STEP 6

    Take your finished chopsticks home as a souvenir.

Please make a reservation five days in advance.

Lesson length:60 minutes
Ages:12 and up
*Lessons held for parties of one or more.

2,500 per person

Price includes one pair of chopsticks.

Reservations and Information

Tourism Association


(Open 9:00-17:00)

Buddhist Sculpture


What is togidashi?

Togidashi is a traditional Japanese decorative technique in which multiple layers of lacquer, shell, or other materials of various colors are applied to an object, which is then scoured with a rough stone or paper to create a pattern. You’ll use the method on chopsticks, but traditional craftspeople use it on many other objects.

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