Summertime is a lovely time to visit Japan. The land of the sunrise is peaceful and welcoming during this time of the year and among other things you can experience here, the native sushi is truly the most delicious one. It figures that eating sushi in its native home comes with a special etiquette all tourists going to Japan should know.
Many people rub the chopstick in order to remove any odds of eating splinters. It is not considered impolite to do so but you should remember that in Japan most sushi restaurants are extremely careful about what kind of chopsticks they buy. High quality chopsticks are joined only very little and already sanded so no rubbing is necessary.
Most people tend to pour a lot of wasabi inside the soy sauce. This is considered lack of knowledge especially because the chef already put some wasabi on the sushi he served you so if he sees you doing that he might consider the act a lack of appreciation for his work.
Ginger is considered a palate cleanser so you will appreciate the different taste of the served food. This is why you should only serve small pieces of ginger in between the types of sushi you eat. Eating the ginger along with the sushi will simply alter the taste of the sushi and the purpose of the ginger.
In case you travel with your family and share the food with them make sure you use the opposite side of the chopsticks to help yourself to the common plate. Never use the end you put inside your mouth.
Interacting with the Chef
The best way to have sushi is to sit by the sushi chef’s working area. This way you will see every detail of the process. In case he asks you what would you like to serve, you should request his opinion. Most likely he is the best source of information regarding the sushi quality. Chefs are personally picking the fish and the rest of sushi ingredients so it is logical they will know which is the best food.
Sushi Eating Etiquette
You should pour only a little bit of soy sauce in your dipping bowl. In case you need more you can add it gradually but avoid wasting soy sauce because this is a huge mistake in sushi eating etiquette.
When eating the sushi you should pick it between your thumb and middle finger. Dip only the fish part in the soy sauce, and avoid the rice part of the sushi. The rice will absorb too much sauce and the taste of the bite will not be accurate.