Chopsticks are of various widths and lengths, but their tips are thinner to make it easy to pick up foods. Hashi are commonly made of light but strong wood with a lacquer finish; they are also made of bamboo or, increasingly, of plastic. Japanese chopsticks are shorter than Chinese chopsticks. All Japanese dishes are eaten with hashi; in the case of soups, the solid ingredients are eaten with hashi and the stock is sipped directly from the soup bowl.
Waribashi (割り箸 わりばし dispensable plain-wood chopsticks), which are split apart by the diner before using, are common in restaurants and are included with the bento (弁当 べんとう box lunch) bought at convenience stores.
At Western-style restaurants, people commonly use forks, knives, and spoons. Forks are provided for eating spaghetti and spoons for eating curry rice, either at home or in restaurants.