Japanese Table Manners

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21st July 2K8, Monday – 10+pm.


Good evening, everyone~♥!

Until Mira returns and start posting, this is Ms.Aya whom you favorably call ‘Sheep’ is going to be your companion once again~☆!

What? Don’t like sheep? <;__;> (Cries)

Baa! \<`A´>/ (Is not bothered)

As for today’s entry… <.__.>

Those of you who are fond about the Japanese culture, sheep is going to share with you in a nutshell about ‘Japanese Table Manners’. <—λ—>/~☆


Japanese Table Manners


Japanese people have a very unique and traditional way when it comes to eating. To date, they still cultivate their table manners actively.

So if one day you are going to eat in a Japanese environment, I suggest you learn their table manners to avoid offending their culture.

Don’t worry! It doesn’t take too long to understand their basic table manners. <^-^>/ (Laughs)

Sheep will somehow make you understand!


Before you eat, always make sure that everyone is ready and all settled down at the table. Then ask if you may eat your food.

When you’re about to dig in, say “Itadakimasu!” and then you may go ahead and eat.

‘Itadakimasu’ 「いただきます」 means ‘I gratefully receive’.

The Japanese people say this before eating because they want to express their gratitude for the meal that has been prepared.

So do remember to say ‘Itadakimasu~~~♫ — in a very cheerful tone. ↓

Express in a cheerful way

DO - Express in a cheerful tone

Even if you may not favor the dishes, try not to say in a very dead and dull tone… ↓

Expressing gratitude in a dull tone makes Japanese people uneasy

DO NOT - Express gratitude in a dull tone

Otherwise it’ll look like you’re ungrateful and this may cause the Japanese chef to worry about his cooking. <u__u>lll

Now, you may want to pour out the sauce so that you can mix with your sushi and rice, right? As much as you like the sauce, please don’t pour excessively and never ever pour into your rice bowl. Wasting sauce is considered to be very bad manners in the Japanese dining etiquette.

So please pour the sauce sparingly. ↓

Correct way - Pour the sauce sparingly into the sauce plate provided

DO - Pour the sauce sparingly into the sauce plate provided

If you spam the sauce like this… ↓

Wrong way - Spamming the sauce in your sauce plate and rice bowl

DO NOT - Spam the sauce in your sauce plate and rice bowl

The sushi chef won’t be very please… And let’s not forget about the Wasabi… ↓

Wrong way - Scooping a big amount of Wasabi for yourself

DO NOT - Scoop a big portion of Wasabi for yourself

This will wage war between you and the Japanese people. (Laughs)

Next.. When it comes to eating sushi… You may use your hands or your chopsticks. The reason why sushi is made in a bite-sized is so that you can eat it in one bite without ruining the perfect shape of the sushi.

After all, the sushi chef did his best to diligently make the sushi. Let’s not piss him off, ok?

Urgent! Eat sushi in one-bite with caution. Don’t get too excited and choke yourself! ↓

Be careful not to choke yourself with sushi

DO - Be careful not to choke yourself while eating sushi in a single bite

Other table manners you should be mindful of:

  • No talking about toilet related or disgusting topics that spoils people’s appetite.
  • Do not blow your nose when there’s food on the table.
  • Do not burp aloud.

If you’re a Malaysian, never ever ask for a bowl of rice using the word, “Mangkuk”. The pronunciation of ‘mangkuk’ is similar to the Japanese word for ‘Manko’ which means ‘women’s genital’.

Also, do avoid saying ‘chin chin’. It means ‘men’s genital’.

If you want second helpings, say ‘Okawari’ 「お代り」, which means ‘second helping’. Don’t say ‘mangkuk’ or you’ll get road kill. <x__x>

Oh, try not to have too many rounds of food unless it’s a buffet. You may be taken as a freeloader. <=__=>lll

Moving on… When it comes to toasting the drinks, lift your cup up high as though saluting and say ‘Kampai~~♫!!!” along with the others.

Kampai 「乾杯」= Cheers/Toast!

Once you’ve finish eating, try to clean up every grain of rice and put back your bowl, chopsticks and cup to the initial placings. Do close the lids for the pots as well.

When you’re done, say “Gochisosama deshita!” 「ごちそさまでした」to express your thanks for the meal. ↓

Express your thanks by saying Gochisosama deshita!

Express your thanks by saying "Gochisosama deshita!"

… Not that difficult, isn’t it? (Laughs)

What I just shared with you here is just a bean of information — but worry not.. It’s more than enough to get you by. At least you won’t offend the Japanese people *especially the chef*. (Laughs)

If you wish to learn more in depth, click here to read more —> \<^v^>/

The article is not by sheep though… <^ε^>lll

[ . . . ]

I suppose this is all from the sheep. If you have any questions, fire away!

Sheep will try its best to provide to answers! \<^x^>/{Baa~]


- End of Japanese Table Manners Lesson -



… For your information, I drew those pictures. <^x^>/

<_ _>lll

… Stop laughing at my lousy drawing!!! \<≥A≤>/

I just wanted to make it more visualizing and interesting!

(Cries) <;__;>

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11 comments so far

1.  Pixy
July 22nd, 2008 at 10:55 am

Next time u gather a Japanese table manner lesson to us … LOL !!

Nice art there … U draw ?

2.  Ms.Aya
July 22nd, 2008 at 4:35 pm

Yes, I drew them — Pixy. (Laughs)

I’d like to have a Japanese tradition meal with everyone one day. I too need to learn from others. (Laughs)

3.  mau
July 22nd, 2008 at 5:37 pm

gawwwwww….. your drawings are so cute esp the angry chef.

Thanks for the etiquette lesson!

(shoots people who randomly and rudely eat)

4.  Pixy
July 22nd, 2008 at 6:18 pm

Eh, not bad ur drawing … Better than me A LOT …

At least you know something about Japanese tradition meal … I only realized that I so much to learn when I saw this post …..

5.  Ms.Aya
July 23rd, 2008 at 8:31 pm

Dear Mau-chan,
Thanks. I purposely drew the chef’s head to look like an octopus. (Laughs)

Dear Pixy,
You do drawing too?
Post your drawings up in your blog one day!

Japanese culture is interesting. So are others like in the old British time and more. (Laughs)

6.  Pixy
July 23rd, 2008 at 9:27 pm

Errrr … Actually, I don’t … My meaning was … BETTER than me A LOT … means ..

I’m a noob I drawing …

Heh … I think I wanna learn something new about Japanese culture … Better than sitting ducks here …

7.  Ms.Aya
July 23rd, 2008 at 10:12 pm

I see.. (Laughs) For a second, I thought you were into drawing.

Anyway, I’ll be posting more about the Japanese culture as soon as I gather sufficient information.

But.. I don’t know if anyone is interested in reading my stuffs. (Tears)

8.  Mira
July 27th, 2008 at 11:04 pm

i love your chibis ahahhaha XD really funny and cute

really sorry for the late reply ne T.T yes sushi’s are the best .. okay i should stop pouring the sauce into my rice bowl…. i just like eating it that way ahahhaha XD

and as for burping , sneezing…. i agree its disgusting and not well to be mixed with a dinner table lol

9.  Ms.Aya
July 28th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Well… You can spam the sauce in Sushi King. Just don’t do it in front of a real Japanese person. (Laughs)

Burping and sneezing in any dining culture is rude.

Imagine farting aloud while eating..


10.  James
October 5th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

Well….I got some bad news for everyone. Table manners are almost non-existent in Japan. There are a few rules on how to eat things, but…
Belching is normal
Chewing and talking with the mouth open is normal
Smacking your lips is normal
Spitting things out it normal
Slurping loudly when you drink anything is normal
plus many, many more.

To be honest, the Japanese eating culture is very rude and despicable by Western standards. They normally don’t have any other than use of tableware and methods of serving. Some may call them “pigs”.

11.  Ms.Aya
October 5th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

I agree with you, James.

The Westerners are very open-minded people and they expect people to be less shy around them.

If a person keeps to self all the time, the Westerners will consider them rude and unfriendly.

It’s like — “I don’t care who you are, we’re friends! Don’t be shy! EAT YOUR HEART OUT!”


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