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chopsticks
Kanji 2094

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Synopsis

Learn how chopsticks can rest and bathe—and what “pregnant chopsticks” signify. See how 箸 can serve as a stand-in for “eating.” If a human uses one end of chopsticks, find out who eats from the other end. Discover dozens of chopstick taboos, and see which ones remind people of funerals. Find out about the おてもと on chopstick wrappers, and learn why the Chinese dropped 箸.  

Revision history:

August 2, 2021: Revised the stroke order diagram on p. 1 to show the official 15-stroke version of 箸 and added a sidebar to p. 2 to comment on the stroke-count issue.

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Kanji PDF
Cover of essay 2094 on 箸 (chopsticks), titled "Dining with Dexterity"
Mini Profile
JOYO ON-YOMI
None
JOYO KUN-YOMI
はし
STROKES15
RADICAL竹 (118: bamboo)
JLPTN1
HALPERN-/2363
HENSHALL-/1853
SPAHN6f9.1