Born in 1970. Kenji works at a company during the day and one day while commuting to work, he began creating origami objects using chopstick wrappers. Over the years, Kenji has produced over 100 creative works and his craft is considered among the best in the chopstick wrapper origami category. His blog, “Cigarillo’s Pastime” has gained a large following in Japan.

Cigarillo, his penname, originates from his preferred indulgence of small cigars.

Kenji developed the origami paper and origami paper kit of Totoro. Totoro is Japanese animation.


“Chopstick wrapper Origami for Grownups” Published by Shufunotomo, Co., Ltd. February, 2009
Provided Origami for “My Neighbor Totoro, Origami” (Ensky Co., Ltd.) April, 2013


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Chopstick-rest / Product use Fabric metals ORIAMI

It is considered a bad manner to rest chopsticks on top of tableware (described as watashi-bashi), and it is unsanitary to place them directly on the table.
When chopstick-rest is available, it should be used, and if not, then it is appropriate to rest the tips on the left edge of the dinning tray (Japanese-style serving tray).

Originally, chopsticks were considered sacred for serving offerings to the divine and therefore it is not placed directly on the table nor on plates or bowls, but instead a proper chopstick-rest is used. This is the origin of the chopstick-rest and thus appropriate to use it to rest chopsticks. However, we have all encountered a situation where “chopstick-rest is nowhere to be seen!!”, and in these situations, you may use chopstick wrapper to make one.

Let us propose crafting chopstick wraps with origami papers when hosting guests.
When having guests or at seasonal turning points, why not craft your own chopstick wrappers with origami? Furthermore, if Oriami is used, it will add a sense of opulence.
And when ORIAMI is used to create a chopstick-rest, we are certain that your guests would be delighted.

Chopstick wrapper

A rectangular shaped envelope for fitting the tip or entire pair of chopsticks. Generally used in restaurants and food industry, usually with the name of the business sited on the outside surface.