Japanese Bamboo Utensils
The Japanese saying "sho-chiku-bai" refers to three symbols of longevity: pine, ume (plum), and bamboo. Bamboo is perhaps a favorite of these auspicious symbols and is widely represented in Japanese art, poetry, and literature. The Japanese have long believed that bamboo possesses mysterious powers and that by using this element in the home, it will ward off malign spirits. In Japan, bamboo symbolizes not only longevity and good health, but also endurance since it remains green all year round and flourishes almost everywhere. These high quality bamboo cooking utensils are extremely durable and smooth-textured for easy cleaning. Unlike porous wood, Japanese Bamboo will not splinter or crack from the heat during cooking and will not stain.