How To Properly Eat Sushi [Pic]

Submitted by: fancylad 7 years ago in

Damn, I"ve been doing that wasabi-in-the-soy sauce thing forever...
There are 158 comments:
Female 934
"Wasabi (the green paste) tastes somewhat like horseradish. Some people mix a little wasabi into the soy sauce; however, even though the wasabi is there on your plate, it`s really considered bad manners to do this, because the sushi chef has already placed some wasabi on the rice roll. If you add more wasabi, you are essentially telling the chef that he or she did not do a good job."

I also found out that when you`re actually putting the wasabi on your sushi, it should be on the opposite side of the soy sauce (if using any). Apparently most people don`t use it [wasabi] anyway.
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Male 1,164
Canadian food etiquitte:

Pray before the meal, then get drunk.
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Male 100
You are supposed to put wasabi in soy, whoever tells you not is a goddamn retard. How else are you supposed to each your eda mame?
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Male 894
then there`s how to eat food in nebraska, if it moves, eat it. if its big and moves, eat it before it eats you! if it is rooted to the ground, feed it to a rabbit, then eat the rabbit. when eating out, tip your bartender and waitress seperately. slip the cook a joint.
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Male 32
One of the things I`ve learned to appreciate about living in Colorado is having food "Colorado style".

That means I eat my food the way I want it, and everyone else can STFU.

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Male 103
actually you are supposed to put your wasabi and soy sauce together. dur.
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Male 70
I just buy my sushi at Target and eat it in the comfort of my own home.
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Female 477
ooookay then...
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Male 2,220
fish faggots!
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Female 614
thanks. now im starving :)
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Male 1,351
I kind of like this. Brief, but seems to hit the topic really well. I assume that the wasabi is dipped fish first as well?
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Female 354
But what if it`s a roll that`s surrounded by rice? You have no choice but to get soy sauce on it.

Ew, wait, people put wasabi in the soy sauce? Ew. It`s so spicy!
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Female 451
or you could eat american and do whatever the hell you want.
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Male 425
This should be very useful in a few months. I`m going to Japan :)
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Female 1,148
delicious,
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Male 256
This made me so hungry for sushi--too bad im upstate where its impossible to find sushi--good news is that im working in the nyc this summer where i can devour all the sushi i want
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Male 587
Yuk.
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Male 2,690
I love Japanese food, but definitely not sushi.
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Male 418
for the ppl that don`t know, "sushi" is not raw fish. "sashimi" is raw fish. "sushi" actually has to do with the rice and other `fixins` .... i just learnded dis on da interweb a fue daiz agoe. YAY !!!
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Male 1,013
I think flingspoo is onto something.

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Female 999
@ LtFurpie: They both sit on a tasty ball of rice?
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Female 397
MMMMMMmmmmm! sushiiiii.

to: pmarren - if you keep putting that sushi in your pants you will attract cats.
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Male 14,331
If I`m paying for it I`ll eat it how I damn well please.
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Male 1,013
>>"They both don`t exist? What`re you trying to prove there? :)"

Ha ha, nope, just that both seem to create a lot of discussion here. Besides, sushi does exist... (I`ll keep my moush shut about the other one... for now)
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Male 3,369
I grew up in Tokyo, so I knew all this, but dammit, putting the wasabi and ginger in the soy sauce is just easier..lol
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Female 635
i always mix the wasabi with the soy sauce since it wont stick to the sushi by itself

:/
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Male 1,226
"Wow, relatively new post, and pages and pages of comments!

Come on IAB-ers, Now what does god and Sushi have in common?"

They both don`t exist? What`re you trying to prove there? :)

I got most of these right all along but I suck at eating with sticks.
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Female 331
Ok, now I know how to not look like an idiot. Woo hoo!
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Male 794
oh well, its not like most of us know how to use a knife and fork properly either, so i dont feel bad for eating sushi wrong all these years
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Female 691
I thought you were actually meant to mix wasabi with soy sauce. Wasabi is hard to put directly onto the sushi unless it`s in a little packet or tube because it`s too pasty. The rest of it I knew though.
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Female 106
"I call shenanigans on that. Go look at what most Asian people are doing at a sushi place and tell me that they aren`t breaking most of these rules."

i don`t like to stare at people while they eat.

its rude
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Male 1,013
Wow, relatively new post, and pages and pages of comments!

Come on IAB-ers, Now what does god and Sushi have in common?

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Male 39
Great guide on how to not look like an idiot if eating sushi in Japan.
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Male 4,593
Must be okay for me to continue putting the sushi in my pants.
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Male 663
Actually I prefer the "rougher" chopsticks as they provide a bit of grip. Most of the chop sticks I have used while in Japan were of this type. Not sure if rubbing them together is considered rude, but I know of several times that I witnessed colleauges in Japan doing so.
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Male 26
I call shenanigans on that. Go look at what most Asian people are doing at a sushi place and tell me that they aren`t breaking most of these rules.
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Female 106
actually Kpanda i already do this and have do for years because it isn`t just a fancy restaurant thing.

plus the mixing wasabi and soy sauce just looks gross.

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Male 26
God what is this for a 10star restaurant? NOBODY DOES THIS. Its like the etiquette for a fancy restaurant that give you different silverware for every course. Seriously. If you did this in most sushi place ESPECIALLY in the states people would look at you funny.
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Male 4,290
[quote]I`m a `Super taster`[/quote]

Ahh, I`m jealous. It sounds so awesome. Then I could get a job being some sort of professional food taster :D
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Female 1,435
Thanks for these tips!
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Male 421
"FYI don`t blame the europeans on my judgment i am an american stationed in europe so when i judge the "western civilization" i am judging my own country."

I was being sarcastic with that comment. I thought the followup made that obvious enough. It still doesn`t change the fact that you made a very rude generalization. I personally try to show the up most respect to those who serve me, because while a menu may say what I`m paying to eat, they have the ultimate say in what is being served to me.


"yeah its easier to be more diverse when it`s a couple of billion people vs a few million..."

More diverse is more diverse. Trying to pass it off with a population comparison isn`t going to change that fact.
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Male 559
I still don`t like sushi, even when it doesn`t have raw fish in it. I don` like fish eiher. Cooked or raw.
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Male 3,619
woodj90: [quote] when we`re probably more diverse than your country. [/quote]


yeah its easier to be more diverse when it`s a couple of billion people vs a few million...
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Male 4,867
wheres my sushi then IAB?
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Male 22
"`Who the eff cares. I eat what I want, however I want.`

And this is an example of western civilizations arrogance"

...and this is an example of judgmental European haughtiness.

Just because some "westerner" says something about his stance on table manners doesn`t mean people from the rest of the world don`t. You could have made a comment directly in regards to him respecting those who serve him food, but rather you just made yourself look like a snobbish pr*ck, generalizing all Americans as a people that give foreign customs the finger, when we`re probably more diverse than your country.

On a lighter topic, I`ve never seen sushi with the rice served on top. It`s either a roll or just by itself.


FYI don`t blame the europeans on my judgment i am an american stationed in europe so when i judge the "western civilization" i am judging my own country.
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Female 914
I`m mad at this, a Japanese person told me to do the wasabi/soy sauce soup crap. that non-nice individual.
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Female 497
I do it all right ^_^

But this made me crave sushi, it`s been far too long D:
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Male 2,552
o.O Now I know, and I MUST try this. Immediately.

(Thanks for the excuse to eat MOAR sushi, IAB. ^^)
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Male 1,399
Crap.

The wasabi-soy sauce mix makes it for me. I also dunk the rice.

So there, Mrs. Japan Manners.
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Male 8,302
> CrakrJak
> Our sense of smell has a much larger influence on our sense of taste

Assuming you`re a non-smoker. Like most smokers, my sense of smell is almost non-existent now.
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Male 17,512
Btw, I`ve tried sushi and it doesn`t appeal to me.

I`m a `Super taster` and the sushi rice tastes very bitter to me. Also hate the taste of tuna, Otherwise I prefer my fish cooked not raw.

So it`s 3 strikes for sushi, For me.
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Male 17,512
"The taste buds in the top of your mouth get more use than those in your tongue because that`s the way you normally put food in."

There are actually very few taste buds on the roof of the mouth, Most all are on the tongue and that`s why eating some foods `up side down` have a more intense taste. However the act of chewing mixes food around the mouth and unless your swallowing your food whole your sense of taste won`t be significantly affected either way.

Our sense of smell has a much larger influence on our sense of taste, So eating foods right side up allows our nose the sense better.
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Male 95
I dip the rice in the soy cause becauseIi love soy sauce. it`s pretty much the reason I eat suhi. the rice soaks up way more soy sauce than the fish does.
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Male 497
so who do i give the money ?
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Male 25,417
ok abd why did we need to know the obvious
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Male 833
you can also judge the table manners of a person by seeing how far up on the chopsticks food is after a meal. Tho that also depends on the food that was eaten as to where the polite level of messiness is on the sticks. used to have a pair that were marked for it.
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Male 8,302
> Nidonemo
> I also think the upside down dip is a form of efficiency

And a taste enhancer. The taste buds in the top of your mouth get more use than those in your tongue because that`s the way you normally put food in. Almost everything tastes better upside down. Try it with a Vegemite sandwich (well, the local US equivalent then) to see.
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Male 31
I feel so bad about the removal of splinters thing.....

-_- sigh..
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Male 103
I have to say this is accurate, and the illustrations are incredible.
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Male 136
Interesting post.

I`m guilty of mixing my wasabi in soy sauce, but I can understand it`s not proper etiquette if you`re sharing the dish. As for dipping the fish of the nigiri instead of the rice, it makes sense for two reasons, one of which was highlighted earlier : it prevents sushi collapse in your dish; also, avoids drowning it in sauce. Slightly dipped fish touching your tongue is really just for enjoyment though, Japanese food culture is based on the palatal experience much.

Dang it, I`d kill for sushi right now.
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Male 378
I do the wasabi one and I love wrapping my sushi in ginger.
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Male 612
why can`t i add wasabi to my soy sauce?
since thats the only thing i do "wrong"
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Male 40,354
I can see the chef not touching money, you know how many germs are on money? Gross!
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Male 9,305
I also think the upside down dip is a form of efficiency, when sushi rice gets wet with soy sauce, it comes apart. So if you keep it dry it won`t make a mess.
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Female 222
Ha, I`ve done the don`t and the ginger before.
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Male 172
Lol. whats funny here is my father and i owned a sushi business for a while, so i pretty much knew all of these :-D
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Female 1,172
I rub my chopsticks together all the time. If they don`t want me doing that than they shouldn`t give me crappy chopsticks. And I do the wasabi one..
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Male 9,305
To those that wonder "Why?":

Imagine three Japanese businessmen come into an American diner, they`re on a business trip and have no idea what the local culture is, nor do they have any clue as to what behavior is appropriate in a diner. They sit down and order spaghetti and start eating it with their hands, or they order a burger and eat it with a knife and fork. Although they are eating the food how they think it should be eaten (individual tastes and such) they look -really- stupid doing so.
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Male 2,703
"There`s no real point in eating sushi with chopsticks if it is perfectly acceptable to eat it with your fingers, just seems pointless."

just like in western cultures where people eat chicken (grilled or fried on the bone) with either their hands or fork, its an optional utensil.
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Male 2,703
"just by itself. "

despite what many of people told you while growing up, sushi is not "raw fish", its a dish much like pasta. pasta has noodles, sushi has rice, some sushi doesn`t even contain fish. the "just by itself" you`re referring to is called "sashimi".

I typically don`t put anything on it, maybe a touch of soy sauce, I`ve always used the ginger as a pallet cleanser and I`ve always gotten weird looks by my ignorant family who of course put the ginger directly on the sushi.

I`ve only eaten at a real sushi bar a handful of times, but I like to practice my habits anywhere they serve sushi
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Male 1,882
Wasabi in the soy sauce? Noooooo thanks dude. I agree though, usually my sushi is rolled and not done as in the diagram, but I usually pour the soy sauce into the center of the roll.

There`s no real point in eating sushi with chopsticks if it is perfectly acceptable to eat it with your fingers, just seems pointless.
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Female 1,324
I can`t tell what`s serious and what`s not >> some of it seems right, but others...so wrong
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Male 2,703
this is just a picture form of exactly what alton brown said...
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Male 34
the second panel tells you to dip the fish part of the sushi into the soy, but not the rice. however typical sushi that would be found is the round stuff and that would be really hard. the stuff in the digram would specifically be nigiri, and then the "do"s would make sense...
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Female 90
neato, but i must say ive never seen anyone rub chopsticks together..the thought never crossed my mind actually
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Male 2,238
[quote]why are we being attacked by spam so much lately?[/quote]
Million dollar question right there.
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Female 45
Just as a note, Japanese people do in fact mix wasabi with soy sauce all the time (I learned to do that in Japan.)
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Male 571
I eat my sushi with a knife and fork. So there.
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Male 2,034
You forgot to add the part about why I should care. Or was it missing on purpose?
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Male 5,314
why are we being attacked by spam so much lately?
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Female 1,441
I put the ginger on my sushi as well. It`s just divine. I can`t bring myself to care that it`s not "proper".

But this only talks about nigiri sushi and not the rolls.
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Male 10,440
@ Farsidedown > overreact much?
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Male 77
lol keith2
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Male 8,302
What the frak is all the fuss about??? It all looks the same when it comes out the other end, so just Nom it down however you want.
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Male 1,452
hmm, Chinese customs are less anal about this stuff. All you have to do is slurp your food and eat it with your mouth open (it shows them that you`re enjoying the food)
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Female 1,963
Farsidedown, since when does "western civilization"=America? I think I understand what you mean, but I hardly think saying "And this is an example of western civilizations arrogance" is a statement referring particularly to Americans.
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Male 2,549
Why does the infograph only illustrate nigiri?!
I can see how the etiquette may be altered for maki but it`s certainly not applicable for temaki.
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Male 2,238
[quote]if only that were sushi, the pictures are atually of shashimi.[/quote]
Sashimi + rice = sushi.
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Male 421
"`Who the eff cares. I eat what I want, however I want.`

And this is an example of western civilizations arrogance"

...and this is an example of judgmental European haughtiness.

Just because some "westerner" says something about his stance on table manners doesn`t mean people from the rest of the world don`t. You could have made a comment directly in regards to him respecting those who serve him food, but rather you just made yourself look like a snobbish pr*ck, generalizing all Americans as a people that give foreign customs the finger, when we`re probably more diverse than your country.

On a lighter topic, I`ve never seen sushi with the rice served on top. It`s either a roll or just by itself.
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Female 193
I didn`t care to learn the Do`s, but doing any of the don`t never occurred to me. o-o;;
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Male 2,591
who died and made this guy the authority on sushi eating? i don`t care even if its a 2500 year old sushi eating tradition.
i WILL dip the rice in soy sauce, and .. well thats pretty much it.
Take that!
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Male 363
"And this is an example of western civilizations arrogance "

No, that`s an example of people paying for food and eating it. If someone wants to dunk the rice in the soy sauce and they paid for it they`re going to dunk the rice in the soy sauce. If you were invited to dinner at someone`s place and you offended them with your lack of manners that would be one thing but if you`re paying, no one is going to tell you how to eat.
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Female 443
I put the ginger on my sushi, I know it is `wrong` but it tastes so right!!
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Male 294
if only that were sushi, the pictures are atually of shashimi.
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Male 357
One time at this really fancy and crowded sushi bar, I put waaaaaaay too much wasabi in my soy sauce. I was promptly arrested by the sushi police. It was crazy.
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Female 1,190
this is cool :D
ill try and follow this next time
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Female 1,682
Interesting, I never knew these things :O
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Female 1,963
Well, it`s just etiquette. Adhere to it if you want to minimise the chances of offending anyone, but most people worth caring about wouldn`t be all that interested in how you eat. Just like I think anyone who would be genuinely offended by me accidentally using the wrong fork or whatnot is not worth my time (although obviously I always know which utensil to use. I`m a lady, dammit.)
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seabass101dg
Male, 18-29, Western US
356 Posts Wednesday, April 14, 2010 6:25:16 PM
Who the eff cares. I eat what I want, however I want.

And this is an example of western civilizations arrogance
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Female 1,743
ew.
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Male 29
*The next time I go to a Japanese restaurant I am going to bring sand paper with me and sand down my chop sticks! I wonder what they will say to that!

They will laugh at your sawdust sushi or in a nicer restaurant tell you to get out as you have insulted them
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Male 2,688
These are simply rules of Japanese etiquette. Feel free to either hold to them or not in your own home. As for restaurants, it may be a good idea to try to hold to them since its only polite to respect a culture`s traditions.
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Male 478
Who the eff cares. I eat what I want, however I want.
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Male 1,051
It`s illegal to use hands now in Japan.
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Female 1,264
"I do not think these "rules" apply to dining at home."

I think some of them do, like not putting the rice in the sauce, bite the sushi in half, or any of those that means sharing saliva with other people XD
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Male 166
actually Pui, most of those rules apply at home, minus the rubbing your chopsticks together.
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Male 4,014
I put wasabi in my soy sauce, etiquette be damned.
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Female 1,589
Really for the rubbing the chopsticks thing? I`ve always done that. :/ I`ve never been to a proper sushi bar though. And the part for fish side only being dunked is actually a very good idea. It always pisses me off when I have a crapload of rice in my dish.
I only use the other end of my chopsticks if I take from a shared plate at a Chinese food restaurant (like if we have a bunch of beef and chicken in the middle of the table). With sushi though it`s really easy to pick up your piece without touching the other ones.
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Female 547
Nor should a chef touch money; that sh*t is dirty.
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Female 735
yagovaggo:

angsty much?
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Female 168
okay, because the rolls that have the rice on the outside can certainly be dipped in soy without the rice touching it...
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Female 3,574
I assume this is just etiquette. All cultures have it. If you went to a fancy restaurant in North America, you`d be expected to put a napkin on your lap, eat with the proper fork and tip the waiter. I do not think these "rules" apply to dining at home.
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Female 3,828
yaggovago- the japanese really dont have all that many rules. they are very polite, is all. they would say the same thing about english people and their rules that we eat with every day. we just dont notice because were used to it ( eg, dont slurp soup, dont talk or chew with mouth full, napkin on lap, sit up, different sized forks, dont blow nose or burp or comb hair a the table )
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Female 5
Food should not be stressful. Which why you should just eat in and let the rich folks have their "manners." Your Hungry-Man XXL wouldn`t ever judge you.
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Female 3,828
LOL megavidiot, im in vancouver also and i agree entirely. sometimes people eat really gross, like a mix between their culture and ours.

i already knew all this about sushi, though. i looked it up awhile back cause im vegetarian and have never had sushi so i needed to know when i moved to vancouver. lots of awesome asian food here.
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Male 476
From all the things I read about Japanese people and their food etiquette makes them sound very HIGH STRUNG and neurotic! CHill the drat out Japan! You make too MANY F U C K ING rules for youreselves. Just eat your god damned food any way you want to . its all gonna end up in the same God damned place anyway.

*The next time I go to a Japanese restaurant I am going to bring sand paper with me and sand down my chop sticks! I wonder what they will say to that!
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Male 476
I love mixing my wasabi with my soy sauce, And I love taking a bit out my sushi, and I like dipping the rice in the sauce (it holds more sauce) SO F U C K YOU very much! I Will eat my Sushi my way! THANK YOU!!!!
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Female 1
My Grandmother is straight from Japan and she mixed the wasabi with the soy...so that just seems silly to me that its a `don`t`.
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Male 4,807

If you put that piece in your mouth so the fish touches your tongue, you`re going to have smoked salmon on your lap.

Also, bring your own chopsticks.
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Male 456
I eat my food how I want to eat it. And I will continue to put the soy sauce on my rice first gosh darnit!
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Male 1,931
It`s food, I`ll eat it however the drat I want.
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Male 901
ha! try this in vancouver, it`ll never happen....
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Male 207
The whole wasabi/soy sauce is not true at all. Most chef`s would much rather you eat it anyway you want to and enjoy it then to do it `properly` and not. Much like the very outdated `only red wine with meat`.
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Female 318
not sure what is going on for everyone else, but i can see it just fine...weird...O_o
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Male 9,305
I`ll scold my boyfriend for making that wasabi sauce soup...
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Male 757
fixed apparently
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Male 83
Very informative. Now closest sushi place...300 miles. Yup not worth the trip.
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Male 4,004
Well, it seems to work fine now.

Either way, very informative. Should I ever want to go try sushi, after not liking it the first 3 times, again.
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Male 147
Interesting! I already follow most of it anyway, but its nice to know I do it right.
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Male 15,510
Waaaait a minute is this... is this... some useful information???

What is going??? :-/
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Female 2,352
I didn`t know sushi places were so anal. .
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Male 715
Interesting.
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Male 214
kids chopsticks ftw!
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Female 423
its working now.
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Female 331
I eat most of my sushi at home and i`ll eat it any way i please. On a side note, what if your sushi doesn`t have fish? How do you not dunk your rice in the soy sauce?
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Male 731
For those who can`t see...link here.

I love learning about interesting food etiquette. Thank you for something interesting, IAB.
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Male 129
This is a repeat. It was posted probably as recently as January 2010. Webmasters on a break?
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Male 65
404
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Male 118
Link is broken for me....
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Male 83
Broken link?
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Male 397
page cannot be found
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Female 277
Should be "how to properly post a link". Page cannot be found.
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Male 533
I`m surprised no one has said that the link is broken yet. C`mon guys, you`re slackin.
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Male 331
broken....
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Female 956
hmmm link fail. :/
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Female 3,574
hahahahahaha!
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Male 2,344
Wow, that`s pretty funny. Too bad it doesn`t work for you lot, I am lolling at the picture!
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Male 39
Broken:(
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Male 371
broken link is broken
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Male 92
link no workie
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Male 265
"how to properly post a link" is what we need I think.

<3
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Male 110
Not working for me.
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Female 1,784
link is gone *sniff*
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Male 1,435
borked
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Female 579
link`s broke.
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Male 112
link=broke.
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Male 15,510
*sigh*
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Male 20,828
Link: How To Properly Eat Sushi [Pic] [Rate Link] - Damn, I`ve been doing that wasabi-in-the-soy sauce thing forever...
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