Traveling to Japan? Impress Dinner Guests With Proper Chopstick Etiquette

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Everything Chopsticks, one of the nation's leading providers of chopsticks, provides the most important etiquette rules for using chopsticks. Learning the chopstick etiquette of Japan will impress dinner guests whether traveling to Japan or dining at the local Japanese or sushi restaurant.

Do not stick chopsticks vertically into a bowl of rice.

Using proper chopsticks etiquette will impress chefs, hosts and diner guests. For people traveling to Japan or simply dining at the local Japanese or Sushi restaurant, Everything Chopsticks, one of the nation's leading providers of chopsticks, offers some important etiquette rules when dining with chopsticks.

Do not rub disposable wood or bamboo chopsticks together after breaking apart. This implies the chopsticks are cheap or inferior. When not in use, set the chopsticks handles to the right, tips to the left. Place the tips on a chopstick rest if one is available.

Do not spear food with your chopsticks. Food that is too difficult to pickup with chopsticks should be picked up with a spoon instead. Do not point your chopsticks at other diners or wave your chopsticks in the air as this is considered vulgar behavior.

Chopsticks have an important role in the Japanese funeral ceremony. Therefore there are a few gestures to avoid as they symbolize death or a function of the ceremony. Do not stick chopsticks vertically into a bowl of rice or place chopsticks crossed on a plate or table. Do not pass or grab food directly from one pair of chopsticks to another.

When finished eating, again place the chopsticks handles to the right, tips to the left. If using disposable chopsticks, called waribashi, place the chopsticks back into the paper wrapper.

Knowing how to use chopsticks with proper etiquette is important and satisfying. Learn more about chopsticks etiquette in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Taiwanese cultures at http://blog.everythingchopsticks.com/guide-to-chopsticks-etiquette/.

About Everything Chopsticks
Everything Chopsticks (http://EverythingChopsticks.com) has been a leading provider of chopsticks since 2005, and specializes in quality chopsticks from Asian cultures around the world.

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