1-0-0-1-0-0-1, on 15 September 2016 - 07:21 PM, said:
JohnnyBlaze, on 15 September 2016 - 07:12 PM, said:
1-0-0-1-0-0-1, on 15 September 2016 - 06:46 PM, said:
JohnnyBlaze, on 15 September 2016 - 06:04 PM, said:
1-0-0-1-0-0-1, on 15 September 2016 - 02:57 PM, said:
sullysue, on 15 September 2016 - 01:58 PM, said:
This is a ridiculous thing to complain about, but I'm gonna anyway.
I dropped ONE chopstick on the floor here at work right after opening them. This floor is beyond disgusting, never gets vacuumed. So, the five second rule doesn't apply. I let out a very audible, NOOOOOO!!!!
Eating sushi with a fork was weird, like on another plane of consciousness weird. And, it was one of those super flimsy, sub-plastic, mega cheap things from our break room, which made it worse somehow. I'll always grab a back up pair of chopsticks from now on.
I've had to eat sushi with a fork a couple of times out of necessity, like you had to do today. You might as well be eating a waffle. It just isn't sushi without chopsticks.
Really though, just use your hands. Many say that the "proper" way IS to use your hands. Chopsticks are for something else:
Ah HA!!! That's good info there.
Years ago one of my older J-friends (then in his early 60s) told me " the actual way to eat sushi is with your hands". At the time, we were in a sushi bar so I said to him, "But Teri, you're using chopsticks now." He goes, "Yes". And that was that. True story. To me, his simple and straight-faced answer ((which isn't meant to be funny... but is)) is so "Japanese".
I'm pretty good with chopsticks now, but fingers would certainly be easier. On a similar note, I've read that it's improper to use chopsticks with nigiri.
Just had some with the wife last night. And we both used chopsticks.
Some of the west's ideas on Japanese customs are often correct but when it comes to actual practice, they (the customs) sometimes don't hold.
And then there's the actual technique of holding chopsticks. To old school conservatives, I don't hold chopsticks correctly. I've been told as much...then showed the proper way....but then I revert back to my barbaric method of holding chopsticks by the next meal.
HOWEVER, to the non-old schoolers, I've been told: "You're very good at using chopsticks" ((<----- this itself is an expat joke out here because we're all told that at some point...I'm digressing)).
OR nobody tells me anything because the truth is, most Japanese don't even hold/use chopsticks "the proper way" any way.
In the most extreme case, I knew a snooty, old school ultra J-conservative that said: "You can tell a 'true' Japanese of sophistication and proper upbringing by the way they hold their chopsticks". I toss that opinion out though because it's an anomaly. Most people aren't that uptight of a dick.
The few people that showed me the correct way to hold chopsticks weren't doing so in any uppity or condescending manner.