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Toothpicks

Do you use toothpicks in your culture? In Japan, we use them a lot. It’s supposed to be for cleaning your teeth after meals. Especially elderly people and middle-aged people use it.

At restaurants

It’s always offered for free at restaurant.

Sometimes it’s packed in white paper bags like this.

At convenience store

Toothpicks are offered with chopsticks when we buy some food such as lunch box or instant noodles at the convenience store.

“Toothpick accompanied. Pay attention, it’s very sharp.”

The manners

Bad example

Pay attention to the way we use toothpick in Japan. This is a bad example. To show the act of cleaning your teeth with a toothpick in front of people is considered impolite.

Good example

This is a good example. How to? You can cover your mouth with your other hand. This is good manners.

Toothpick case collection

Using toothpicks are so common that we keep them at home on the table too. So we have many designs for toothpick cases!

▼Sakura with mirror

▼Wooden stylish design

▼Surprised man

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