chopstickFor most people, using chopsticks can be intimidating the first couple of times, but once you’ve got the hang of it, they can make any meal at Sushi Joa a fun one. Whether you’re a first time user of chopsticks, or you’ve been using them for years, knowing what the do’s and don’ts of chopstick etiquette are can help ensure that you aren’t offending anyone during a meal. From our family to yours, here are a few of the basics when it comes to chopstick etiquette.

Don’t cross your chopsticks after a meal.

Whether on your plate, bowl or on the table, this is something that makes people cringe. Not only is bad form to cross the end of your chopsticks that you use to eat, but it is also something that people use when they were displeased with a meal. Somewhere along the lines we got to thinking that crossed silverware, or in this case chopsticks, meant we were done, but this is actually one of the most offensive things you can do at a Japanese restaurant.

Rubbing your chopsticks together.

This is one of the things that can be seen almost anywhere that has the wooden chopsticks that come stuck together. This should only be done when chopsticks have a chance of splintering, in which case the chopsticks themselves are fairly cheap. When you do this, you are implicating that you think the chopsticks at the restaurant, are cheap.

These two rules are ones that are commonly known in the Japanese culture, and will leave people offended if they notice them. Avoid stepping on any toes while you’re out by making sure that you’re aware of the etiquette of the culture while using chopsticks. Now that you have a better idea of how to use chopsticks properly, join us for a delicious Japanese cuisine meal here at Sushi Joa in Kirkland.