Lesson Transcript

Hi, guys! It’s Risa. Do you like eating Japanese food? いただきます (Itadakimasu). But did you know, we actually have several taboos while eating? Well, today, I’m going to tell you top 5 things not to do when eating in Japan. Let’s go!
1. Rubbing chopsticks against each other to get rid of splinters.
“High-quality disposable chopsticks don’t produce splinters even after being broken in two. So if you do this, you are implying that the chopsticks are cheap.
2. Putting chopsticks upright in the bowl.
“In Buddhism, a bowl of rice is offered at the bedside of a dead person. And we make chopsticks stand on the rice by sticking them in like this.
“It means a connector between this world and the afterlife. So if you do this for a living person, it would be very ominous.”
3. Passing food from chopsticks to chopsticks.
“In Japan, after cremating a dead person, we use chopsticks to put the skeleton in an urn.”
“Then one person picks up a bone and another person takes it with chopsticks. Therefore, we shouldn’t do just like we do in a crematory.”
4. Tipping
“Tipping in Japan is not customary. If you leave money on the table without saying anything, the staff might think you forgot it and run after you.”
5. Eating while talking
“It’s not nice to talk with your mouth full!”
Now, you are ready to eat in Japan. Yay!
いただきます (Itadakimasu)