4. Japan

Before travelling, it is good practice to learn the local customs and habits during mealtimes to ensure that no embarrassing errors are made. The dining etiquette in Japan is very interesting, and there are a number of rules to follow to show great respect to your host.

It is vitally important that you never, ever, ever pass food to someone or to a plate using chopsticks – in funerals, cremated bone is often passed between chopsticks so doing this during a meal is very much a big no no! Chopsticks should always be used correctly and should never be pointed at people or foods, never wave them around and whatever you do, do not stab food with your chopstick in order to lift it from one plate to another. Chopstick etiquette is very important.

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