Chopstick manners


This time, we would like to touch on the manners when using chopsticks.

Traditionally, using chopsticks in a way that gives off a bad impression to those around you is called "kiraibashi", and is considered rude.

Kiraibashi simply refers to things that you can't do with chopsticks.

Learn these, be careful during your usual meals, and have a fun and pleasant meal!


  • Neburibashi

To lick something on the chopstick.


  • Hashiwatashi

To exchange food among chopsticks.

This is bad luck because it is the the same motion as picking up cremated bones after cremation.


  • Sorabashi

To pick something up to eat, only to put it down without eating.


  • Nigiribashi

Beginner way of holding, tightly gripping chopsticks. The chopsticks are not properly being utilized at all.

Nigiribashi during a meal shows a very aggressive behavior that you are about to attack.


  • Futaribashi

Two people picking food off of the same plate at once.


  • Sashibashi

To stab food with chopsticks and eat.


  • Mayoibashi

To be indecisive about what to eat and move your chopsticks all over a plate.


  • Sashibashi

Point at somebody with chopsticks.


  • Tatebashi

Chopsticks are erected in a bowl of rice by a dead person's pillow, so erect chopsticks remind people of this.


The above are manners which you must remember.


The following list is compilation of more difficult manners of chopsticks which you should remember nevertheless.

Have you done any of these by accident?


  • Saguribashi

To look for a certain ingredient in soup.


  • Kasanebashi

To continuously eat just one dish.


  • Kamibashi

To bite the tip.


  • Utsuribashi

To move your chopstick to another dish, right as you were about to grab something else.


  • Namidabashi

To let soup or sauce drip from the tip, or to let sauce drip from the food.


  • Watashibashi

To place chopsticks on a plate when you are still eating.

This means that you no longer need to eat.


  • Chigaibashi

To use different chopsticks as a set.


  • Kakibashi

To scratch yourself with chopsticks. This is unsanitary and dangerous.


  • Kakikomibashi

To place your mouth on a bowl and aggressively stuff your mouth.


  • Yosebashi

To use chopsticks to bring a plate closer to you.


  • Tatakibashi

To tap chopsticks on a bowl when you want to ask for food.



There are many other forms of kiraibashi, but remember the above for now, and you should be able to avoid making others feel unpleasant.

We hope that you watch out for manners such as these, and enjoy your meal.


5 convenience stores to try when in Japan!

What kind of image do you have of convenient stores?
Located at gas stations, and selling a bunch of snacks and drinks?
Japanese convenience stores aren’t located at gas stations, and they not only have snacks and drinks but also limited edition sweets and snacks that are only sold at certain stores, which make you want to go all the way to the store just to try them out.

With this article, we have picked 5 convenience store foods that we most recommend.
Definitely try it out when in Japan.

    • Apple mango (7-Eleven)


This product is an apple mango with a rich, smooth texture and a refreshing scent.
Each piece is peeled off and cut by hand, and is rapidly frozen to trap the deliciousness.
It goes well with sparkling, wine, highballs, and other drinks.
The reason why we recommend it is because it remains delicious even after it has melted.

    • Premium Roll Cake (Lawson)


A roll cake made of soft dough, made with Hokkaido ingredients.
The cream is tailored to give a milkier feel and will melt in your mouth.
It is an absolutely popular convenience store sweet, and it has become a hot topic on social media and is sometimes sold out.
It is so popular that it is sometimes even given as a gift.
Please try this fluffy texture.

    • Whip melon-pan (Family Mart)

This whipped melon-pan sandwiches plenty of whipped cream and salted vanilla cream.
The sweetness of the whipped cream and the dough make an amazing combination.
Unfortunately, you can't enjoy the taste of melon, but if you want to eat sweet bread then it is sure to satisfy you.
When you feel a little tired and want to eat something sweet, eating this whipped melon-pan will definitely heal you!

    • Mochi-mochi Okonomiyaki-pan (7-Eleven)


Made with a soft and chewy dough with yakisoba sandwiched in between and finished like okonomiyaki.
The chewy dough has a fine texture made of a mixture of flour, kelp, bonito, and cabbage, with yakisoba in the middle, finished with a sauce that is made of a special sauce and mayonnaise.
The surface is also topped with the special sauce and topped with bonito.
This is a product that you can fully enjoy the taste of okonomiyaki and if you like flour-based foods, you absolutely need to try it.

    • Hitokuchi (bite-sized) Crepe Chocolate (Seven-Eleven)


The crepe dough kneaded with cocoa is baked into a roll with a crispy texture, and coated with slightly bitter chocolate. It's a bite-sized snack that's easy to eat, and the sweetness of the chocolate is a little understated, which makes sure that you never tire of the taste. You can enjoy a delicious crispy texture that will make you keep reaching for more.
The crepe's crispness is addictive, and the coated chocolate isn't overly sweet and has a slightly bitter taste, and many people are absolutely hooked.
You can purchase it at a reasonable price of 100 yen (excluding tax), so why not purchase it when you are a little hungry?