While some claim that the Japanese are paragons of good table manners, Japanese model kit and figurine manufacturer Kotobukiya has practically given us a reason to play with our food with their series of awesome novelty chopsticks.
There are currently 15 different designs, including Star Wars lightsaber chopsticks, Harry Potter wand chopsticks and even far too detailed Alien chopsticks (see below). The latest in the lineup, chopsticks modeled after the blades of four members of the shinsengumi, a famous group of samurai from Japan’s late shogunate period, is set to go on sale In Japan on April 28.
Check below for a closer look at some of the best the series has to offer!
Nihonto-Bashi (Japanese Sword Chopsticks) — Shinsengumi Series
A total of four chopsticks modeled after the swords of Isami Kondou, Tohizou Hijikata, Souji Okita and Saitou Hajime, as well as a chopstick holder designed after the groups’ trademark flag with the Chinese character “makoto,” meaning “truth” or “sincerity.”
Nihonto-Bashi (Japanese Sword Chopsticks) — Nobunaga Oda
Modeled after the blade of the 16th century Japanese unifier himself, Nobunaga Oda. Comes with a holder embedded with Nobunaga’s chrysanthemum seal.
Animal Chopsticks — Tiger
The second and by far the most bizarre of the animal series, these tiger chopsticks look like they’re ready to blast off into space against a 3-minute vocaloid song long.
Recent paleontological studies suggest that the Japanese T-rex died out much earlier than his North American brethren because he was unable to grasp his chopsticks with those tiny little hands.
Star Wards Lighsaber Chopsticks
Feed your inner Jedi. Featuring the lightsabers of Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and Yoda. Available for international purchase from Kotobukiya’s international site or Amazon!
Available for purchase in Japan later this month and overseas in July, though we’re pretty sure a Facehugger is the last thing we’d want to put near our mouth.
All chopstick sets go for 1050 yen (US $13) and can be purchased in Japan from Kotobukiya’s online shop Kotobukiya direct. A few select sets can be purchased internationally via Kotobukiya’s English site as well as Amazon.com.