Chopsticks 101: A Life Skill

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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…


  1. There are about 6 different ways you can hold chopsticks. Pick the most comfortable, you won’t get judged for it.
  2. You get major props just for trying, so quit feeling silly!
  3. 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.

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