Using chopsticks can be very difficult for beginners and can take a while to get used to, but once you learn how, it is really quite simple! It’s also a really handy skill to have if you’re travelling to Japan, or another asian country, as restaurants won’t necessarily always have forks and knives for cutlery. It can be useful in other countries as well, like Australia, since Japanese and other asian restaurants become more widespread and popular; it’s always much more fun to eat Japanese food in the traditional way with chopsticks rather than a knife and fork! Chopsticks are also extremely handy when you’re cooking at home.
Although being able to use chopsticks incorrectly is better than not being able to use them at all, being able to use them correctly is even better! Whenever I’m eating in a food court or at a restaurant, I often see people eating their sushi or Japanese curries with chopsticks and they’re either stabbing the food or they’re just not using their fingers correctly. It’s great that they’re trying, but it would make it a lot easier for them if they knew how to use them properly. Japanese people all grow up with chopsticks as the main form of cutlery so it’s kind of second nature to us, but for those of you who grew up with a knife and fork it can be tricky. So here is how to use chopsticks properly:
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