FYI, You May Be Guilty of Breaking These Chopstick Rules

Here's what's considered bad form in Japan.

In Japan, people take dining etiquette seriously--from the way they pour their tea to the way they eat their sushi. In fact, there's such a thing as kiraibashi or forbidden chopstick practices. According to the Japan Hashi Culture Association, these are some of the common and not-so-common faux pas that even locals commit.



Hotokebashi


Sticking your chopsticks into a bowl of rice is something that's only done at funerals as an offering to the dead. Don't commit this basic mistake. 



Watashibashi

Laying your chopsticks across the top of your bowl is also a breach of etiquette.



Yosebashi

Don't pull tableware toward you using your chopsticks, as this is also considered bad manners. 



Saguribashi


The practice of using chopsticks to search through food for something you like is considered rude.



Mayoibashi

If you're having trouble deciding what to eat, don't hover your chopsticks over the food while you think.



Sashibashi


Stabbing your food with your chopsticks is a no-no. 


Sashibashi


This term also applies to when you point at people with your chopsticks.


Provided by Japan Walker (11 February 2018)


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