There is history and art behind these Japanese made lacquered chopsticks, especially the black pair in the picture. They were given to me by my former boss, from her trip to Japan. The top portions of the chopsticks are decorated with a Japanese art called Ukiyo-e Bijinga, which is a style of woodblock print and painting. Utamaro Kitagawa is the famous artist of woodblock print during the Edo Era (from 1603 to 1867).
Ukiyo-e Bijinga means creating beautiful lady by a woodblock color print.
These chopsticks are too nice to be used, again! I would prefer keeping them as a souvenir, but I won't mind using the beige pair of chopsticks :).