Ramen. Sushi. Rice bowls. Everything looks better when it’s eaten with a pair of chopsticks, and they look effortlessly simple when used in an anime.
Every time I eat in an Asian restaurant, I push myself to use them throughout the entire meal, no matter how much food I drop/get on my face. Honestly, I want to be true to tradition! I’m too embarrassed to ask for the training chopsticks… So I struggle each and every time I dine at a Japanese restaurant.
Plus, a recent poll revealed that nearly 90 percent of respondents have a “highly favorable” impression of people who use chopsticks properly. Dammit, it’s good manners!
If you’re like me and years later still struggling…
- There are about 6 different ways you can hold chopsticks. Pick the most comfortable, you won’t get judged for it.
- You get major props just for trying, so quit feeling silly!
- If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
… BTW, if it’s any consolation, lots of Japanese locals aren’t doing it properly, either.
You got this.