Chopstick rests, called hashi-oki in Japanese, serve the simple task of keeping the tips of your chopsticks off the table and stopping them from rolling away. They’re not always used in Japanese homes, but you’ll often see them in nicer restaurants, and they also make unique, inexpensive souvenirs as you can find ones made from a number of different materials, and in an endless number of shapes and colors.
Some shapes might be a little TOO unique, however, as demonstrated by a Japanese Twitter user who innocently posted a photo of the cute, pink chopstick rests she found in Okinawa. She was quickly made aware of their unfortunate shape by a number of commentors, though. Or, maybe, she was made aware of how many people really have their minds in the gutter…
On July 6, Twitterer @328cop posted a picture of pink coral chopstick rests from Okinawa, expressing her joy over the fancy items.
▼ “Wow! These coral chopstick rests are so stylish~♡”
恋然るかみこっぷ (@328cop) July 06, 2015
Other Twitter users were quick to chime in, hinting at the rather unfortunate shape of the hashi-oki.
“I am just a bundle of worldly desires. LOL”
“Maybe the reason we can’t see them as chopstick rests is because our hearts are impure.”
“Where is the motor, and where does the battery go?”
To top it all off, Twitter even placed a warning over the tweet, reading: “This image may contain inappropriate material”.
Those poor, misunderstood chopstick rests. Maybe we all need to get our minds out of the gutter and just see things for what they’re supposed to be. Or maybe they should stop making rests that look like that!