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The Japanese love the rules of etiquette. And the rules of lunch etiquette especially. It would seem that coping with chopsticks is not at all difficult. And Japanese restaurants are literally everywhere. But in fact, in Japan, a whole system of secret prohibitions and taboos has been developed, which it is strictly forbidden to violate in a decent society. Everyone even has a special name. List all difficult, so for you – a dozen of the most important nominations.
1. The strictest is “tate-basi”
In no case can sticks be stuck vertically into rice or other food. It is associated with the Buddhist funeral tradition. The sticks in rice remind the Japanese of a funeral rite and correspond to a Russian glass of vodka covered with a piece of black bread.
2. The most poetic is “namida bassi”
Literally translated, this is a taboo – “weeping sticks.” Under the beautiful name is hidden imperative advice not to drip sauce or fat from the sticks.
3. The most non-European – “sashi-basi”
The purpose of chopsticks as cutlery is fundamentally different from European forks. If the last we prick food, the first serve only for fixation. What is the difference? It is considered bad taste to poke food with chopsticks for reliability. This gives a not very skillful lover of Japanese cuisine.
4. The softest – “Watasi Basi”
“Bridge of sticks” – so called a straightforward way to put aside used sticks. Put them on top of the soup bowl and noodles. In inexpensive cafes it is considered quite normal and decent. But in a high-class restaurant “Watasi Basi” is still better to avoid. Here you will surely be served with “hashi-oki”, a small stand for chopsticks. Do not forget the universal option: you can easily build your own stand from a napkin or a paper wrap of chopsticks.
5. The most uneconomic – “Neburi-bashi”
No matter how delicious the treats in Japanese restaurants are, the saying “you will lick sticks”, alas, is impossible.
6. The funniest thing is “Neburi-bashi”
In continuation of the previous taboo sticks it is not recommended not only to lick, but also to bite.
7. The most acrobatic – “hashi-vatasi”
Mastery of chopsticks is almost a matter of national pride in Japan. It’s not for nothing that on many television shows, guests are forced, for example, to hold an egg with chopsticks or pick up figurines. The rule “hashi-vatasi” applies, perhaps, only to the most “advanced users”: it is considered indecent to transfer food from chopsticks to chopsticks.
8. The strangest thing is “yoji-bashi”
It is strongly not recommended to pick sticks in your teeth in the manner of a toothpick. And we do not recommend, although the process and do not represent.
9. The most drinking – “sashi-basi”
Many people like to gesticulate for food. But, alas, Japanese etiquette is implacable. Pointing at the interlocutor with chopsticks (however, as well as waving them) is unacceptable rudeness.
10. And finally, the most practical rule is advice.
If the restaurant serves disposable chopsticks connected at one end, it is considered good form to separate them by pulling with two hands from the bottom up. So you take care of others and sticks will not fly apart or to someone in the plate.