HOW TO PRACTICE SUSHI ETIQUETTE 🍣 IN JAPAN
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- •Eat your sushi in one bite.Two bites is acceptable, however, don't put the sushi back on the plate if you bit it in half already. Once you pick it up, eat all of it and keep uneaten parts in the chopsticks ready to be consumed.
- •Go easy on the soy sauce.Soaking your sushi in soy sauce is disrespectful because it implies that the original flavors are not good without soy sauce. Use light amounts only, to enhance the flavor. Always place your "nigiri-sushi" upside-down in the soy sauce and eat it "rice-side up." Don't pinch it too hard, and place it so the fish touches your tongue. (The soy sauce will cause the rice to fall apart.)
- •Use the washcloth.This is the oshibori, placed in front of you when you sit down. It's a small, damp hand towel to clean your fingers with both before and during the meal. After wiping your hands with it, fold it and place it back in its container (usually a little basket or tray). It can be reused during the meal and it is even polite to wipe your face with it.
- •Feel free to use your fingers as utensils, instead of chopsticks.👌Even though most people use chopsticks, sushi is traditionally a finger food and it is completely acceptable to eat it that way. Try not to ask for forks or knives. Sushi is not steak. Some restaurants are more forgiving of this request than others though, and may have a few forks and knives available. Other people may think you're a little rude for not trying though, so it's considerate to apologize for your incapacity.
- •Clean off your plate.It is impolite to leave a grain of rice on your plate.
- •Rubbing disposable wooden chopsticks (waribashi) together is also bad manners. 🙅If you do this, you're implying that the chopsticks are cheap and have splinters, thereby insulting your host. Avoid rubbing; if your chopsticks do really splinter, discreetly and politely ask for a new pair.
- •If at a sushi bar, place the chopsticks in front of you below the plate, parallel to the edge of the bar.Put the narrow ends on the has-hi oki (chopstick rest). While it is not as polite to place them on the plate, if you do, place your chopsticks across your plate, not leaning on your plate. Do not cross chopsticks when set down. When the chopsticks are down, the points should face to the left if you're right-handed and to the right if you're left-handed. Never stick your chopsticks upright in a bowl of rice; this reflects a funeral rite, and as such, is disrespectful when eating.
- •Use the broad, blunt end of your chopsticks to pick up sushi from a communal platter if no other utensils have been provided.To take sushi from the communal plate with the ends you use to put the sushi in your mouth is as impolite as serving yourself foods from a buffet by using the cutlery from your plate and licking it clean in between each item you put on your plate or drinking from someone else glass. Use the broad end also to pass sushi from your plate to the one of an other person if you want to share.
- •Don't pass food from one set of chopsticks to another. 🙅As part of a Japanese funeral ritual, family members pass bones of the deceased to each other by chopsticks. Passing food from one set of chopsticks to another mimics this ritual, and is therefore considered extremely impolite and offensive. If you must pass something to another person, pick it up, and place it on their dish. They can then pick it up with their own chopsticks. Passing sushi between chopsticks is only tolerated between parents and children or lovers, as a gesture of closeness.
- •Know the difference between different types of sushi.Sushi etiquette includes having an understanding of what it is you're consuming. For the full list refer to the article.
- •Ask the chef what's good, and let him pick for you, especially if it's your first time eating sushi. 😬This shows your respect for what he does, and maybe you'll get a good snack. If you're in Japan, buy the chef a drink, like sake or beer, as a compliment. If dining at a table away from the sushi counter, allow the waiter or waitress to be the go between for you and the sushi chef. If you prefer to place your order with the chef personally, it is recommended that you sit at the sushi counter to avoid any confusion or delay with your order.
- •Learn a few polite Japanese words and phrases. 👄Note that in Japanese pronunciation, all syllables receive equal stress). Learn some phrases like: Thank you: Arigato gozaimasu (ah-ree-gah-toh go-zah-ee-mahs su) - this means thank you very much. Before eating, say "Itadakimasu!" (ee-tah-dah-kee-mahss) and when you're done, say 'Gochisousama deshita!". This is what Japanese say before and after they eat. When asking for a waiter/waitress say "Sumimasen" (su-mee-mah-sen). This is the equivalent of saying "excuse me".
- •It's just fine to put a a small amount of wasabi on your sushi; likewise, it's fine to tell the chef (itamae-san) that you don't want any wasabi––it will never be taken as an insult.Just use the phrase "wasabi nuki de." Some folks just don't like wasabi, and the customer is king- or "god" as they say in Japanese: "okyaku-sama wa kami-sama desu."
- •If there is tea available, drink it with one hand holding it, and the other hand supporting it from underneath, using two hands to hold the cup. 🍵
- •If there is sake for drinking, it is boorish to pour sake for yourself. 🍶Pour some into cups for others, and let your companions pour sake for you.
- •If soup is served as part of the sushi menu, lift the lid from the bowl and sip directly from the bowl. 🍲