the only time when i would use a knoife in japan is if im eating steak.everything else chop stick if soup a spoon,or i will pick up the bowl and drink it.like so.but with big dishes with chopstick you pick it up and eat at it with while holding it ,like your picking at it.table manners here are a little diffrent.but the most important thing with chopsticks is not to stick them in rice pointing up and leave them there..that's only done when somebody dies!
As far as I know, they use knives for meat...and for soup they bring the bowl to their mouth and sweep the contents in with the chopsticks. By the way slurping is considered polite in Japan I believe.
they do not use spoons unless its a ramen shop they use a special spoon....how do they eat soup with their chopsticks?? well they eat all the contents such as tofu and seaweed...and whatever other things they want to put in it and then they slurp the soup....in other cultures slurping is "insulting" (not good manners) but for japanese people slurping soup or tea or anything hot is perfectly normal...now....eating meat they put the two chopsticks in the part where they want to cut it and then they open them and that is how the meat opens?? parts?/ breaks...whatever u wanna call it n_n ^-^
1. Put one chopstick between the palm and the base of the thumb, using the ring finger (the fourth finger) to support the lower part of the stick. With the thumb, squeeze the stick down while the ring finger pushes it up. The stick should be stationary and very stable.
2. Use the tips of the thumb, index and middle fingers to hold the other stick like a pen. Make sure the tips of the two sticks line up.
3. Pivot the upper stick up and down towards the stationary lower stick. With this motion one can pick up food of surprising size.
4. With enough practice, the two sticks function like a pair of pincers.
I hope that helps. I know that helped me when I was trying to figure out how to use chopsticks. :2thumbs: