Chopsticks are being used to eat different kind of Japanese foods, with little bit exceptions but chopsticks are not only used in the china, korea, Vietnam and Northern provinces of Laos Thailand and Burma for many delicious dishes. If you are in a party or in front of some people you are not much free and you have to show some manners then there are few rules which you should follow.
Hold your chopsticks towards their end, not in the middle or the front third.
When you are not using your chopsticks, or have finished eating, lay them down in front of you with the tips to left.
Do not stick chopsticks into your food, especially not into rice. This is only done at funerals with rice that is put onto the altar.
Do not pass food directly from your set of chopsticks to another's. Again, this is a funeral tradition that involves the bones of a cremated body.
Do not spear food with your chopsticks.
Do not point with your chopsticks.
Do not wave your chopsticks around in the air or play with them.
Do not move plates or bowls around with your chopsticks.
To separate a piece of food in two, exert controlled pressure on the chopsticks while moving them apart from each other in order to tear the food. This takes some practice. With larger pieces of food such as tempura, it is also acceptable to pick up the entire piece with your chopsticks, and take a bite.
If you have already eaten with your chopsticks, use the opposite end to take food from a shared plate.
To eat different dishes with chopsticks you need to learn how to use them before you split the food on table. Just little bit practice can make you perfect.
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