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> Avoiding cultural faux pas in Japan, Lots of stuff I didn't know!
starlagurl
post Feb 26 2008, 03:22 PM
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Another great blog post by Venere...

Here are lots of things I didn't know about cultural "faux pas" in Japan:

I especially love this one:

# Sushi is considered a work of art and should be eaten in one bite; do not ruin it by cutting or biting it in half

And I never knew about this one:

# Do not stand your chopsticks straight up in your rice (this is done during funerals when a bowl of rice is placed at an altar)

http://www.venere.com/blog/cultural-tips-japan/


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post Mar 21 2008, 01:38 PM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Feb 26 2008, 09:22 PM) *

Another great blog post by Venere...

Here are lots of things I didn't know about cultural "faux pas" in Japan:

I especially love this one:

# Sushi is considered a work of art and should be eaten in one bite; do not ruin it by cutting or biting it in half

And I never knew about this one:

# Do not stand your chopsticks straight up in your rice (this is done during funerals when a bowl of rice is placed at an altar)

http://www.venere.com/blog/cultural-tips-japan/

I knew about the second one, but must admit guilt regarding the sushi! crying_anim02.gif
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post Mar 24 2008, 09:20 AM
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Hahaha, yeah, now you have an excuse for taking big bites and looking like a total pig!


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post Apr 21 2008, 12:46 AM
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QUOTE(tripledot @ Apr 20 2008, 10:30 PM) *

Here's another one...

- When eating noodles, it is polite to make sound (slurping sounds), just don't over do it.

- Touching the rice bowl with your lips is also polite. This is also applicable in China.



is it considered rude if you dont do those things?


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post Apr 21 2008, 12:58 AM
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Yes. Standing the chopsticks upright for sure..


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post Apr 21 2008, 01:48 PM
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Interesting spoon rule... Things get more complicated as you drift deeper into the spiral!


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post Apr 28 2008, 10:34 AM
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Uh oh, what happened when you did it?


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yeah there's two REALLY bad chopstick faux paus - the first you've already said with the standing them upright... as a foreigner and I was only with friends they just told me its a bad thing to do and later I got the full story. instead just rest the sideways on the edge of the bowl.

the second is touching your chopsticks with another persons chopsticks (passing things from chopstick to chopstick). I found this out from my host kids doing it so I dont really know the reaction. But The reason for it being taboo is the same as the first, In a funeral after the body has been cremated, loved ones pass the remaining fragments of bone from chopstick to chopstick. It's the only time that chopstick to chopstick happens and from memory it's believed that if you do cross chopsticks with another there will be a funeral in the family.
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Ohhhh yeah you're right, I have heard that one before. Thanks for jogging my memory.


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