Japanese can somehow be put into one word, chopstick. Japan’s culture can be interpreted into three adjectives: firm, well-founded and varied. The use of chopsticks has been distributed around the world. In fact, 40%-80% of the seven continents make use of these two sticks in eating, either for enjoyment or convenience. Although the use of chopstick can be a little bit too hard for starters.
So, important rules are needed to be kept in mind when dining with chopsticks are as follows:
- Hold the chopsticks in the direction of both ends and not in the middle.
- Do not poke food with chopsticks.
- If already done eating with the chopsticks, make use the contrary end to receive shared food from another plate.
- Never replace platters, bowls or anything around while holding chopsticks.
- Do not use chopsticks to point at something or someone.
- Do not play with chopsticks or wave them in the air.
- It is best to be remembered to not stick the chopsticks into the food, particularly not into rice. This certain act is only done during funerals with the bowl rice put onto the altar.
- Don’t pass food straight from chopsticks to another chopstick. For, then again, this is a tradition for cremated funerals.
- To discrete pieces of food, apply skillful pressures on the chopsticks whereas separating them apart in order to rip the food. This takes some constant and consistent practice.
- When the chopsticks are not put into use just yet, or the meal is fully consumed, lay them down in the chopstick bed in front with the tips to left.
Western foods make use of knives and forks, not for Japanese dining sets. However, spoons can be used with specific Japanese dishes, like donburi and Japanese style curry rice. The Chinese-styled ceramic spoons can sometimes be used in savoring soups
The use of chopsticks may be hard at first, but with determination and perseverance, learning on how it is used capably would be easy.