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1. You can Slurp!

Yes you hear me right, slurping noodles is acceptable in Japan  So, do not feel shy to slurp your noodles!

2. Do not stick your chopstick vertically on your rice. This is only done when you are offering food to the dead.

3. Hold your rice bowl when scooping the rice into your mouth with chopsticks.

Man Eating Bowl of Rice --- Image by © Yang Liu/Corbis

Man Eating Bowl of Rice — Image by © Yang Liu/Corbis


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This is a good manner gesture as well as to prevent the rice from dropping out from the bowl.

4. When pouring sake for your friend, do use both hands to hold the bottle and if you are the one to receive the drink, make sure you hold up your glass.

5. Do not pour alcoholic drink to your own glass if you are dining with other friend(s).

6. Do not use your chopsticks to take a communal dish.

7. Make sure you finish all the food served.

It is considered bad manners if you do not finish the food.

8. Know how to say “itadakimasu” and “gochisou-sama”.

“Itadakimasu” means “let’s eat” is a phrase said before you begin your meal, while “gochisou-sama” means “thank you for the delicious meal” and is said after you finish the meal.

9. Splitting the bill is not that common in buisiness. So, if you invite someone for dinner, do make sure you get the bill.

If you are close friends with them, then there is no problem.

10. It is impolite to speak with your mouth full of food and do cover up your mouth if you “accidentally” push too much food in your mouth and need to chew hard.

 

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