DIY Training Chopsticks (トレーニングはし)

10 Oct


Recently, we took the kids to a Japanese restaurant, where they ordered a bowl of ramen. I was delighted when the waitress brought them some training chopsticks. As I studied the chopsticks, I realized it is super easy to make yourself! It took me a few tries to get the tension just right, but it WAS really easy. So the next time you go out to eat at an Asian restaurant, just take along a rubberband (or hair tie) and you are ready to make your own training chopsticks in just a few minutes!

I made you a short video so you can see exactly how it’s done:

After I published my video, I saw that a few others have made similar videos. You can watch them all to see which technique works best for you 😉

Please share with your friends who have children, or adults who have yet to master the art of using chopsticks!


P.S. Eating Japanese food with a fork is silly. Learn to use chopsticks! (past post about training chopsticks here)

Click HERE and scroll down to see how to use real chopsticks.

5 Responses to “DIY Training Chopsticks (トレーニングはし)”

  1. Michael Nixon October 10, 2013 at 3:24 PM #

    I wish I had seen this months ago when I first taught myself how to use chopsticks – it would have made it much less frustrating for me. I learnt at home by myself in a hurry so that I wouldn’t be embarrassed when I eventually went to Japan. That turned out well – I can use them now so I was able to eat properly while in Japan last summer. Very useful information here – thanks!

    • Hiragana Mama October 10, 2013 at 3:46 PM #

      Thanks for the nice comment, Michael! Most adults can probably just skip the “training chopsticks” and try the real deal like you did 🙂

  2. Carol October 10, 2013 at 4:02 PM #

    I think these are the best chop stick trainers. I have one in my purse so if we are out eating ANY asian food we are ready. My daughter is 7 and she loves them. She even carries one in her purse. We handed out a bunch for our Hina Matusuri party.

  3. Vic Miraflor November 20, 2013 at 5:15 AM #

    Very nice tutorial. I’m thinking maybe I just bring this kind of chopsticks every where I go to Japanese or Chinese restaurant. 😀

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