Today, one of the many differences that people must contend with more than ever before is culture.
The fact is the world has become a global village, and this has resulted in closer interaction and relationship among people of different cultures.
This therefore means one’s cultural intelligence must be raised to a higher level.
That said, one’s culture plays a significant role in defining one’s personality and perception.
An area of difference that one will come across as one travels or meets with people of different culture is in eating.
Here now are five eating etiquette in Japan that one may find entirely different from his or her own culture:
1) In Japan, you say “itadakimasu” (“I gratefully receive”) before eating, and “gochisosama (deshita)” (“Thank you for the meal”) after finishing the meal.
2) If a dish is better eaten right away but others at the table have not been served yet, the phrases “osaki ni dōzo” (“please go ahead”) or “osaki ni itadakimasu” (“allow me to start before you”) may be said.
3) Blowing your nose at the table, burping, and audible munching are considered bad manners in Japan.
4) When eating from small bowls, it is correct manners to pick up the bowl with your hand and lead it close to your mouth when eating from it; however, larger types of dishes should generally not be picked up.
5) After finishing your meal, it is generally good manner to return all your dishes to how they were at the start of the meal. This includes replacing the lids on dishes and putting your chopsticks back on the chopstick rest or in its paper holder.
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