What is the difference between 箸【はし】 and 割【わ】り箸【ばし】? Do both terms refer to chopsticks?

  • You mean the difference 箸 and 割り箸? If so, watabashi should be waribashi isn't it? Commented Sep 20, 2019 at 12:18
  • I mistakenly heard it as watabashi. Thank you!
    – Jack Bosma
    Commented Sep 20, 2019 at 12:19

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割り箸 are disposable (usually wooden) chopsticks you will get in a restaurant. They are made from one piece of wood. You will have to break them (割る) into their two parts to use them.

箸 is the general term.

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