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The Chinese began using chopsticks over 5000 years ago. The Chinese name for chopsticks, kuai-zi, means ‘quick little fellows’ in English. By 500 AD people were using chopsticks in Vietnam, Korea and Japan.

In Japan chopsticks were originally considered precious and were used only for religious ceremonies.

Chopsticks can be made from a variety of materials; bamboo, wood, gold, silver, ivory, pewter and plastic. Bamboo is the most popular material because it is cheap, easy to cut, doesn’t get hot and has no taste or smell.

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