Japanese Chopsticks Manners

It might take some time to practice, but it's worth learning it.

Basics: How to Hold Chopsticks:

  1. Hold the upper chopstick with the index finger, the middle finger, and the thumb.
  2. Put the other chopstick between the bottom of the thumb and the tip of the ring finger.
  3. Move the upper chopstick only when you pick up food.

*It's impolite to hold chopsticks with five fingers in Japan.

Bad manners:

  • Waving chopsticks above food dishes.
  • Sticking chopsticks into food instead of picking them up.
  • Picking up a cup/bowl with the hand that is holding your chopsticks.
  • Sucking chopsticks.
  • Sticking chopsticks vertically into a bowl of rice.
  • Passing food from your chopsticks to somebody else's chopsticks.



This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 15 July, 2010.