This bamboo strainer is typically used to wash vegetables or rinse noodles such as udon or soba. It can also be used on the tabletop as serveware, or as a vessel to display ingredients.
"Initially I wanted one of these because they looked cool. I got one and it not only looks cool but is also bloody useful. I mainly use it for draining but it also comes in handy when I salt mackerel or other fish before smoking them. We have recently discovered that it looks rather fantastic to display cabbage for tonkatsu."