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Old 08-17-2007, 11:42 AM   #31
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I always thought that Japanese help their chopsticks at the furthest end possible. That is how my dad held his when I was growing up and mom always said that was the Japanese style. Of course that does not mean she was right
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Old 08-17-2007, 11:45 AM   #32
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I don't know GB, I have never been to Japan. I just read about this in a Sushi Etiquette book, and observed the Japanese patrons at the restaurant I frequent for my sushi fix. They seem to hold their chopsticks close to the wide end, but leave room to use them. And they DO seem to use them as I mentioned.

Any folks of Asian descent able to clarify any of this for us?
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Old 08-17-2007, 01:19 PM   #33
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I know it's not considered impolite to take a large piece of meat or vegetable, (one that is not bite size), take a bite from it, and return it to your own plate while you chew what is in your mouth.

I prefer chinese chop sticks because I prefer the square shape to the round of japanese chop sticks.

You realize, of course, that I'm now jonesing for kung pao chicken...?
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Old 08-17-2007, 02:12 PM   #34
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Actually, I always understood that the Japanese eat nigiri & maki sushi with their fingers - not with chopsticks at all. That's how I always saw it done in the Japanese restaurants in NY, & when dining in Japanese restaurants with Japanese clientele here in VA.
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Old 08-17-2007, 02:48 PM   #35
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Actually, I always understood that the Japanese eat nigiri & maki sushi with their fingers - not with chopsticks at all. That's how I always saw it done in the Japanese restaurants in NY, & when dining in Japanese restaurants with Japanese clientele here in VA.
Both ways are correct. You can eat it with your fingers (it is considered finger food), but chopsticks are also acceptable.
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Old 08-17-2007, 02:49 PM   #36
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Can ya just stab the food and eat it that way?
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Old 08-17-2007, 02:52 PM   #37
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Can ya just stab the food and eat it that way?
Not according to the Vietnamese. Stabbing food is poor etiquette according to them. I donít know about Chinese or Japanese.....but I have seen people do it.......they werenít Asian though.
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Old 08-17-2007, 02:52 PM   #38
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That would be considered impolite.
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and also difficult with flat ended, although if your Partner doesn`t mind X quantity in her lap as result of your efforts....
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That would be considered impolite.
It seems there are a LOT of Western ways that are impolite. I often times really wished we had more “discipline” and etiquette here like they do in Asia. When I was taking martial arts, my last Sensei was very traditional with etiquette and mannerisms. Not all Sensei are that way though. I had one instructor that was very good, and a national champion, but he was very sports oriented as opposed to the art and discipline. I left that dojo after a very short while because of that.
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