September 17, 2008

How to Use Chopsticks

By Stuart Turner

Chopstick Guide

The first thing to remember is practice makes perfect. In Japan, it is good manners to use chopsticks. However, learning how to use chopsticks does take some practice. Here we have a few tips to familiarise you with the use of chopsticks. Go on give it a try!

1. Place both chopsticks in the "V" between your thumb and your index finger of your favoured hand.

2. Next close your hand loosely, so that the chopsticks are supported on top by your thumb. Your ring finger, middle finger and index finger should automatically close around the chop sticks. Rest the chopstick that points towards you on your ring finger. Support it by exerting a little pressure with the bottom part of the thumb. The other chopstick should rest softly on your middle finger. The index finger and tip of the thumb keep it in place. Only the top chopstick is moved by the index, middle finger and thumb to pick up small pieces of food like a pair of pincers.

Important rules for using chopsticks

  • Never stick your chopsticks in your food. Put the chopsticks on the edge of your bowl or table and point the tips left. Sticking chopsticks in the rice is associated with a burial ritual.
  • Never use the chopsticks to skewer sushi or any food!
  • Do not pass pieces of food from chopstick to chopstick. This is also associated with funerals.
  • It is not polite to point at people with chopsticks or to wave them around in the air.
  • After the meal, place the chopsticks in the position that you found them in.

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