Chopsticks Manners in Japan vol.1



When we eat Japanese food, we always use the chopsticks. Even the impression of the person may be replaced depending on the manner of chopsticks in Japan.

▲Isn’t it looking smart if you use chopsticks beautifully on this occation?

Therefore why do not learn the manner of chopsticks to look cook?


* The manners below are based on right handed.


▲ How to Use Beautifully

Have chopsticks the right way to manage chopsticks beautifully.

It is looked beautiful in a good balance when you have them on the position little upper area from the middle. Let’s support the chopsticks on the third finger and the little finger with the finger of remaining three with lower chopstick.

Move only upper chopstick. It becomes easy to catch food by doing it this way.

Do not cross two sticks, and do not have two sticks together. It gives poor impression. In addition, you give a better impression when you prepare the nail neatly.

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▲ How to Take Up Chopsticks

There are right manners to lift chopsticks at a table.

It is not more than enough in the house to use a chopstick rest, but there will be little who perform the manner even if using it.


■ Method to Take Up with Both Hands

The basic is “three moves”. Let’s take them up in order of “Right, Left and Right”.

① pick up the centre area of chopsticks by the right hand from the top and take them up.

② Attach the left hand from the bottom and slide the right hand to the right side end.

③ Slide the right hand below from chopsticks and attach it and have chopsticks at a right position.

→ When put chopsticks to the chopstick rest;  reverse the method. It is good to usually simulate it.


■ Method to Take Up with One Hand

There is a custom holding a bowl or a plate in a hand in Japan at meals. Then, at time with a bowl or a plate, we cannot take up chopsticks with both hands. Therefore there is a manner to take up chopsticks with one hand.

The basic is to take up chopsticks after holding a bowl in one hand. It is seen neatly to have the bowl in one hand after take the bowl with both hands.

① Take the hand having chopsticks off the bowl after having the bowl, and take up chopsticks.

② Put the chopsticks between the forefinger and middle finger which serving a bowl.

③ Turn and slide the hand having chopsticks below and have chopsticks again

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▲ Method to Take Up Disposable Wooden Chopsticks

We have many opportunities to have a dinner at Japanese restaurants in Australia.  Disposable wooden chopsticks are offered and use them at mealtime, but of course there is the manner of disposable wooden chopsticks.

It is just disposable wood chopsticks, but is not smart for the manner violation.

The point is: “Break them UP and DOWN on your knee”.

In addition, there is the one to rub together to take the small piece of wood, but it is shameful, and a manner violates. Let’s take it by hand if bothering.

→ It is wonderful in eco-friendly to bring “My chopsticks” in eating out.

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At first start having chopsticks neatly. It is a slight thing, but the other people look unexpectedly. Use chopsticks well, and have a happy eating.


Next time: about chopsticks manner at meals.

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