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about Chopsticks


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Chopsticks are the quintessential food implement of East Asia.  They are used extensively in China, South Korea, and other Southeast Asian countries.  Chopsticks come in many shapes, lengths and styles.
In Japan, light wooden ones are popular, and are available in a wide variety of styles and colors.
There are different types available, depending on the intended use, ex. ‘Sai-bashi’ are used for cooking, and disposable ’Wari-bashi’ are used at restaurants.

How to use
i) Hold one chopstick in your hand as in Figure1.  Figurel
ii) Hold the next one as in Figure2. Use your pointer finger, middle finger and thumb  to grip the top chopstick.
iii) It should look like this. Figure3
iv) Use your fingers and thumb to move the top one down to the bottom chopstick. Figure4

Using chopsticks is fun and easy! If you have you any trouble, Japanese people are always happy to give you advice.

Bad  chopstick manners
There are bad manners chopsticks that should be noted.
 
Yose-bashi
This is moving the plate towards you with chopsticks.
Mayoi-bashi
This means holding chopsticks above food, but not taking any. Don’t hesitate!
Namida-bashi
This is watching soup drip off chopsticks.
 Yose-bashi  Mayoi-bashi  Namida-bashi
 
Neburi-bashi
This means licking the end of chopsticks.
Sashi-bashi
This means piercing your food with your chopsticks.
Watashi-bashi
This means putting chopsticks on the bowl. When chopsticks are not being used, put them on the chopsticks rest.
 Neburi-bashi  Sashi-bashi  Watashi-bashi



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