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Japanese Dining Etiquette – the Do’s and Don’t when dining at a Japanese table



JAPANESE DINING
ETIQUETTE

Here are some simple rules that you can
follow next time you dine in a traditional Japanese restaurant or
home.

DO

Do say “itadakimasu”
just before you eat. It means “I gratefully receive”.

Do slurp your miso soup straight
out of the bowl by lifting it up to your mouth. This helps cool down
the soup as you eat it, and it also makes you sound like you’re
enjoying your meal more.

Do say “gochisosama deshita”
after you’ve finished. This means “I thank you for the
meal”.

 

DON’T

Don’t blow your nose at the
dinner table.

Don’t stick your chopsticks
straight up into a bowl of rice.

Don’t suck on your chopsticks,
or lick them.

Don’t
leave even a grain of rice
in your bowl or on your plate.

 

These are just
some general rules. To learn more, check out
www.japanesefood101.com

 

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