Table Manners in Japan By YoucoJAPAN
Want to learn the norms of Japan before you begin your journey? This article is just for you! Here are a few tips of all you need to know about etiquettes in Japan when it comes to dinning in restaurants or at someone’s house.
Also read, Japanese words you “Must” know before you set foot in Japan
Seating and tables
Most eateries in Japan consist of near to the ground cushions and tables on tatami floor around a low table, rather than or along with western type tables and chairs. Slippers and shoes need to be done away with before moving on to the tatami. Similarly, make sure to not step on cushions unless it’s yours. In formal situations, the style of sitting for both the genders is by kneeling, called seiza. Whereas in casual gatherings, men are supposed to sit cross-legged, and women with both their legs onto one side.
Wet towels (oshibori) are served in most restaurants in order to sterile your hands before eating. Once you’ve ordered, it is customary to await for everyone else’s order before you start your meal. If your food is supposed to be eaten immediately, but others have not been served, then the phrase, “osakinidōzo” (“please carry on”) should be used.
Whilst eating from bowls that are small, the appropriate way is to liftthe bowl with your hand and bring it near your mouth; however, large dishes should not be picked up. Henceforth, whendining from shared dishes, it is respectful to make use of the parallel end of your chopsticks for moving food.
Burping, noisy munching or blowing your nose on the table are regarded as impolite in Japan. Whereas, emptying your dishes to the last grain of rice is considered as courteous. If there happen to be any food that you do not like, restaurants have replacements for that. Otherwise, it is suggested to leave the items on the dish.
At the end of your meal, it is a good manner to keep all your dishes back to the way it were when you were served. Including keeping your chopsticks back on the chopstick rest and replacing the lids on dishes. End the meal with,”gochisōsamadeshita” (“thank you for the feast”) which calls for gratitude towards the cook and the ingredients devoured. Visit Bejita café to implement these newly learned manners.
Here are ways to eat certain dishes in Japan
- Noodles: Use your chopsticks to lead the noodles into your mouth. Rather than being bad manner, slurping noodles is considered prove of enjoying the meal so slurp away.
- Curry rice: Japanese curry rice and other rice dishes, in which the rice is mixed with a sauce may be hard to eat with chopsticks. Large spoons are served instead.
- Miso soup: Drink miso soup straight out of the bowl like it were a cup, and seek out the solid pieces with your chopsticks.