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Do not pass the food from your chopsticks to another pair of chopsticks. This practice is only used in cemeteries to pick up the bones of the deceased.
Do not use your chopsticks to “explore” what is inside the food.
Do not use your chopsticks as fork and knife. It is impolite to hold the chopsticks with two hands.
When you finish your meal, try not to lay your chopsticks on the bowl or plate. Instead, use the chopstick rest or put it at the edge of a tray.
Do not treat your chopsticks like a fork. Sticking the chopsticks into your food is not advisable even if the food is slippery.
Do not use the chopsticks like drumsticks. It will not impress the Japanese if you make music out of the plates and bowls with your chopsticks.
Oh the manga might looks cute with the chopsticks inside the mouth, however, this should be avoided. Licking your chopsticks is seen as an impolite gesture by the Japanese.
Do not move the food in the plate with your chopsticks. Use your hand to move it closer to you instead.
Make up your mind which food you would like to take before hand out your chopsticks. It is considered impolite to wave your chopsticks around the food.
When dipping your food on soy sauce or other liquids, make sure the liquid does not drip when you put the food inside your mouth.