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How to use Chopsticks in Japan!!

Do you know, how to use the Chopsticks!?

Chopsticks are the main eating utensil in Japan. They use them to eat everything from rice and meat, to noodles, salad, and so much more!
Most of foreign visitors to Japan are impressively good at using chopsticks after trying for few times.

But, Are you sure you’re holding the chopsticks correctly? Did you know there is a number of etiquette rules for use of chopsticks??

I believe you have probably used chopsticks at some point in your life or thought about learning more about the art of chopsticks.

So, Here we go!!
Let’s learn more about How-To-Use-Chopsticks in Japan!!


How To Use It….

● Pick up the first chopstick and place it between your middle finger and the base of your thumb.

● Grip the second chopstick with your index finger and thumb.

● Move only the top stick up and down.


Make it sure that the broad ends of the chopsticks do not make an “X”. If it make an “X” shape, it is wrong and it will be more difficult to pick up the food. So, let’s know more about the etiquette for using chopsticks!

1. Tataki bashi 叩き箸

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

2. Hashi Watshi 箸渡し

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

3. Tate Bashi 立て箸

Do not stick it on the rice. In Japanese culture, sticking chopsticks vertically into rice should only be done only during funeral rituals.

4. Sashi bashi 指し箸

Do not point at someone by chopsticks.

5. Yose bashi 寄せ箸

Do not pull a dish by your chopsticks.

6. Sashi bashi 刺し箸

Do not stub food with your chopsticks.


Those are the some chopsticks etiquette that you should know before you visit Japan.
Hope this information will be helpful for you!!


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