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Inaka Dictionary: nata 鉈 (なた)

May 9, 2010

Nata is an implement used to split bamboo. The blade is thicker on the back side and tapers down to the sharp edge. The thicker end serves to help separate the bamboo when it starts splitting.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 10, 2010 12:58 am

    The tool is useful to break the bamboo. Making the disposable chopsticks used in a variety of things. No bamboo or abroad? Bamboo is not it?

  2. humorusguidetojapan permalink*
    May 10, 2010 8:55 pm

    I had never seen a nata till I came to inaka, Japan. We don’t have bamboo in our pastures in the US although some places have imported it and grown it. Probably not enough of it to use to construct things though–thus we have not a nata.

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