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Published on 02.07.2016
It is said that chopsticks have been used since ancient times. Chopsticks originally existed as shaved branches made so people of those days could hold hot food without burning themselves.
The region where people use chopsticks for eating (Japan, China, Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and so on) accounts for about 28 percent of the world. Japan is considered to be the only country that traditionally used only chopsticks without other cutlery, such as spoons or forks. Chopsticks are such an important part of life in Japan that it’s common for each member of a family to have their own personal set of chopsticks.
Chopsticks have spread around all around the world, to countries other than the ones listed above. However not many people are aware that each country has different table manners when it comes to using chopsticks. Today, let’s take a look at the manners surrounding chopstick use in Japan.
How to hold chopsticks:
Hold the first chopstick with the base of thumb, and place it against your ring finger. At this time, bend your ring finger lightly. Next, hold the upper chopstick of one-third of the way from its top with your thumb, index and middle fingers. It should look like holding a pencil. When you use the chopsticks, just move the upper chopstick with your index and middle fingers.
In Japan, a breach of chopstick manner is called “Kirai–bashi” (despicable chopsticks). There are many such “Kirai-bashi” in Japan, but here are a list of the most well known eight.
1) Nigiri-bashi: Clutching two chopsticks together.
2) Namida-bashi: Dropping liquids from the chopsticks when you eat moist food.
3) Mayoi-bashi: Moving the chopsticks around over dishes before deciding what you eat.
4) Chigiri-bashi: Holding one chopstick in each hand, and cutting food like using a fork and knife.
5) Neburi-bashi: Licking the chopsticks.
6) Sashi-bashi: Sticking the chopsticks in the food when you eat.
7) Soroe-bashi: Pressing the chopsticks into tableware or the table to line up the ends of the chopsticks.
8) Hashi watashi: Passing food from one person to another with the chopsticks.
Having so many rules might make you nervous… but don’t worry and just learn the basics so you can enjoy Japanese food!
Source: Tokyo Girls' Update
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