Nihonbashi-Saruya Co., Ltd.
President YAMAMOTO Ryota
A simple toothpick that surpasses a simple toothpick
“Nihonbashi Saruya,” a toothpick specialty store in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, boasts a rich history since it was founded in the early 1700s in the Edo Period, creating quality toothpicks for over 300 years. We continue to create toothpicks for high-class Japanese confectionery made from Spicebush that releases a fragrant aroma when it is broken, and toothpicks packed in paulownia box for gifts. As a store specializing in Spicebush toothpicks and other toothpicks, we have enjoyed the loyalty from noteworthy stores and companies, including prestigious Japanese restaurants and famous Japanese confectionery stores. We have created an English-version of the “Samurai Toothpick,” and are striving so people overseas can also enjoy the traditional culture of Japan.
Shaving each by hand using the inherited, traditional ways of toothpick making
Toothpicks made at “Saruya” are made from a tree called Spicebush that has been regarded as a prestigious material. It is finely shaved, using traditional cutting methods. Only about 400 toothpicks can be made a day even when experienced artisans handle the work, as we still shave each toothpick by hand. Spicebush releases a fragrant aroma when it is broken. It is highly flexible, feels comfortable when it is used, and does not create any splinters. This precious toothpick is “chic” and intricate and is considered a famous product of Edo to this day.