In Japan we never just put our chopsticks directly on the table. When we are not using them we rest them on a hashioki. The idea is to keep chopstick tips off the table and to prevent them getting dirty or dropping on the floor. Chopstick rests come in various shapes and designs, and have long ago transcended function to become table decoration, ranging in design from the whimsical to stylish. Designs often reflect the season and seasonal produce, adding another nuance to the presentation and the enjoyment of a meal.