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Next time you're visiting Tokyo - or even your favourite local sushi restaurant - keep these eight etiquette rules in mind.
This is considered rude in Japanese culture because the only instance where you'd have to smooth off your chopsticks is if you were eating in a cheap restaurant with poorly manufactured chopsticks. When you're finished eating or are not using your chopsticks, proper etiquette is to place them parallel to yourself on the holder or on the soy sauce dish.
It is totally acceptable to eat nigiri-zushi with your hands, but sashimi is only to be eaten with your chopsticks.
When sharing food, don’t use the end of the chopstick that you're eating with to pick up food from another person’s plate. Instead, use the back of the chopsticks.
While delicious, the ginger is considered a palate cleanser and is to be consumed between dishes.
Most of us are guilty of this one. Wasabi and soy are intended to be eaten separately as each have very distinct flavours.
Sticking your chopsticks into rice is symbolic of an incense burner, which conjures images of Japanese funerals and prayers.
Again, this is symbolic of a Japanese funeral and reminds people of the passing of a deceased relative’s bones at a traditional Japanese funeral.
Of course you’re allowed to have rice with soy sauce, but when picking up a piece of nigiri-zushi, dip the fish side into the sauce, not the rice as it soaks up too much liquid and will affect the overall taste.
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