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Drinking a toast

Group meals or celebrations always start with a toast, even it’s just a casual meetup with your close friends.

When it’s not an official party and you are with your friends or co-workers, people say “Otsukare” or “Otsukare-sama”, and then go “Kanpai!”.

“Otsukare” and “Otsukare-sama” are the phrases you hear very often in Japan. These phrases praise us/them for the efforts we/they have made.

If it’s an official party, there is a speech of a boss, leader or an organizer of the party, and then do “Kanpai!”.

“Kanpai” means “Cheers!”.

Quiz1
What do you do with the drink you toast with when you can’t drink?

A. Drink and dry it all.
B. Put the glass to your lips, even if you can’t drink.
C. Apologize for not being able to drink if you can’t drink if you can’t drink.



How to eat edamame

Edamame goes perfectly with beer.

Edamame beans are green soybeans in the pod, found in the cuisine of Taiwan, China, Japan, Indonesia and Hawaii. The pods are boiled or steamed and served with salt.

Outside East Asia, the dish is most often found in Japanese restaurants and it also has found popularity elsewhere as a healthy food item.

Quiz2
What’s the best way to eat them?

A. Put the beans out by biting with your teeth.
B. Push the beans out with your fingers.
C. Push the beans out with your chopsticks.

How to eat steamed matsutake

Matsutake is a traditional autumn food in Japan.

Matsutake is the common name for a highly sought-after mycorrhizal mushroom, and it’s one of the luxury foods in Japan.

Quiz3
How do you eat it when it’s cooked in a clay pot?

A. Drink all the broth, the eat.
B. Eat all, and drink the broth.
C. Alternate eating the broth and the food.

When you get fish bones in your mouth

Japanese people eat fish often.

The most popular fish meals are, of course, sushi and sashimi, but Japan has the wide variety of fish food.

Boiled fish
Fried fish
Dee-fried fish
Steamed fish
Grilled fish
etc…

It’s one of the secrets of the longevity of Japan.

However, sometimes it’s hard for non-Japanese people to eat fish well. They often served with bones and it’s not easy to eat!

Quiz4
What do you do when a fish bone gets stuck in your mouth?

A. Spit it out into the palm of your hand.
B. Pick it out with your fingers.
C. Pick it out with the chopsticks.

Answers

Quiz1
What do you do with the drink you toast with when you can’t drink?

B

Everyone toasts together. It’s OK if you can’t drink, but at least put the glass to your lips when you toast with other people, and then, you can apologize for not being able to drink.

Quiz2
What’s the best way to eat them?

B

Biting with your teeth is considered as a bad manner. Hold the skin lightly so that the beans don’t jump off, and press them out with your fingers.

Quiz3
How do you eat it when it’s cooked in a clay pot?

C

It’s actually not only for steamed matsutake, but if you just eat the food or the broth/soup, it’s considered bad. Eating both alternatively is correct.

Quiz4
What do you do when a fish bone gets stuck in your mouth?

C

If a fish bone or something is stuck in your mouth, you have to use your chopsticks to take it out. Make sure you cover your mouth when you do it.

Enjoy your Japanese food!

How many of them did you get right?

Hope you liked my quiz and lesson, and enjoy your Japanese food!

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