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Rice Scoop Paddle
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Miyajima has a unique souvenir that is useful for every household – a rice scoop paddle. It was known that in the 1800s, a Buddhist monk named Seishin in Tokidera Temple dreamt of the goddess Benzaiten singing at a biwa (a Japanese short-necked fretted lute). Seishin felt that biwa resembles a wooden rice scoop and recognized it as an auspicious sign. Since then, he sculptured a special wooden rice scoop and started teaching the islanders how to make the scoop. Compared to a modern plastic rice scoop, the wooden handmade scoop is much preferred by Japanese due to the smooth and non-sticky texture, as well as the non-interfering taste with food.
Apart from being a kitchen household product, the much bigger version of the wooden rice scoop paddle is displayed in homes and companies as a symbolism of safety and security, good luck and prosperity. Over the years, the rice scoop paddle has become a trademark souvenir for visitors to the island. You may even customize your own rice scoop paddle and create a unique gift by engraving names or auspicious words.
I hope you will like these recommendations. Do remember to bring these unique pieces of souvenirs home if you are visiting these places in Japan!