Here are some tips for eating Japanese dishes.
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- To eat a bowl of rice or soup, lift the bowl with one hand. It's common to sip Japanese-style soup from the soup bowl. Please eat the ingredients with chopsticks, holding the bowl with one hand.
- To eat side dishes, you don't need to lift plates or bowls. Cut large pieces of food into small pieces with your chopsticks and put it in your mouth.
- To eat sashimi (raw fish slices), mix wasabi horseradish with soy sauce in a small plate and dip sashimi in the sauce to eat. If you like wasabi, put a little bit of wasabi directly on a sashimi slice and dip it in soy sauce.
- To eat tempura, put some toppings in tempura dipping sauce if available. Then, dip tempura in the sauce.
- To eat nigiri-zushi (oval shaped sushi), clean your hands at first. Pour some soy sauce in a small plate. Pick up a piece of sushi with your fingers and dip the topping side in soy sauce to eat.
- If you are eating with Japanese people and want to express appreciations for the meal in Japanese, it's customary to say "itadaki-masu" before eating and "gochisou-sama" when finished eating.
- It's OK in Japan to make some slurping sounds when eating Japanese noodle dishes.