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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!
To lick something on the chopstick.
To exchange food among chopsticks.
This is bad luck because it is the the same motion as picking up cremated bones after cremation.
To pick something up to eat, only to put it down without eating.
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.
Two people picking food off of the same plate at once.
To stab food with chopsticks and eat.
To be indecisive about what to eat and move your chopsticks all over a plate.
Point at somebody with chopsticks.
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?
To look for a certain ingredient in soup.
To continuously eat just one dish.
To bite the tip.
To move your chopstick to another dish, right as you were about to grab something else.
To let soup or sauce drip from the tip, or to let sauce drip from the food.
To place chopsticks on a plate when you are still eating.
This means that you no longer need to eat.
To use different chopsticks as a set.
To scratch yourself with chopsticks. This is unsanitary and dangerous.
To place your mouth on a bowl and aggressively stuff your mouth.
To use chopsticks to bring a plate closer to you.
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.