How to Use Chopsticks in Japan

Learn Before Using! 10 Chopsticks Taboos in Japan

Chopsticks are hugely common eating utensils in many Asian countries and very important for Japanese food culture. Yes, it’s 21st century and many Japanese eat foreign food with knives and forks but still most of Japanese restaurants only serve dishes with chopsticks, especially noodles, sushi and so on. Most of foreign visitors to Japan are impressively good at using chopsticks after trying for few times.

But do you actually use them correctly?? Did you know there is a number of etiquette rules for use of chopsticks?? It’s much better if you know not to embarrass yourself by doing chopsticks taboos in public. Let’s learn more about How-To-Use-Chopsticks in Japan and be a chopsticks master!!


How to Hold Chopsticks Correctly?

This is the correct way to hold them and it could matter to Japanese people sometimes if they don’t hold them in right way, others may think that you are not so well-mannered person as Japanese.. But if you are foreigner and hold them correctly, Japanese people will be very impressed and applaud you!!

!!!10 Chopsticks Taboos!!!

1. Sashi bashi (1)/刺し箸

Do not stub food with your chopsticks instead of picking it up in a right way.

2.Tate Bashi/立て箸

Do not stick up your chopsticks in your rice. This gesture is same as during funeral when people set up incense for dead people.

3.Kuwae bashi/くわえ箸

Do not hold your chopsticks in your mouth.

4.Nigiri bashi/握り箸

Do not use your chopsticks by grabbing them.

5.Hashi Watshi/箸渡し

Do not pass food to other person from chopsticks to chopsticks.

6.Neburi bashi/舐り箸

Do not lick chopsticks.

7.Tataki bashi/叩き箸

Do not tap your chopsticks on the table or dishes as drumming.

8.Sashi bashi(2)/指し箸

Do not point at someone by chopsticks.

9.Yose bashi/寄せ箸

Do not pull a dish by your chopsticks.

10.Saguri Bashi/探り箸

Do not use your chopsticks for searching a particular item in your food.

Good to go with chopsticks now?? Show off your chopstick skill and manner! And tell your friends if they use them in wrong way!

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