Basically when you eat Japanese dish, you must use a pair of chopsticks.
But when you eat sushi, boiled clab, fruits or confectionery, you may use your hands.
And when chawanmushi or very soft dish is served, a small spoon is sometimes given.
Japanese chopsticks are two thin sticks made of
wood, and are
20 to 25 cm long.
In many case, a disposable chopsticks may be put in front of you. It is a wooden stick, which has a hack in the center, so split apart a pair of chopsticks.
Use the chopstics as following.
Please keep in mind that chopsticks are the tool to pick up food and not to spit.
When you eat a Japanese dish, you must often hold a plateware up.
You hold chopsticks on your dominant hand, so use the other hand.
This applies when you eat a bowl of rice, a bowl of soup and the food in a small plate.
When you eat sashimi, you had better hold up a small dish of shoyu to dip sashimi.
But we never hold large plates up.
This unique manner applies only Japanese cuisine.
In fact, it is the reasonable way to eat rice or soup.
When you eat Japanese dinner, some dishes are commonly served at one
Probably, you will see many various dishes look delicious before you.
Please eat all dishes evenly.
When miso soup or suimono is served, a bowl with lid is sometimes used.
You had better open the lid early.
If you leave it, it is hard to open the lid because of decreased pressure of inside.
After you have eaten the soup, put the lid back on.
If you put the lid upside down, it means that the dish tasted bad.
We permit to make slurping sounds when we eat udon, soba or other
This is the unique manner in the world.
The sound gives us an appetite.