Is it rude to eat specific Asian food without chopsticks? Watch

Isambard Kingdom Brunel
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I am currently in Japan :cool:

I was going to sit in a fast food outlet today and eat some takoyaki, However, everyone else was eating them with chopsticks, and I don't know how to use them. :eek:

I would probably pick the octopus balls up and eat them with my hands. Rude?
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Why are on here? Go out and enjoy Japan
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No. If you are white, people probably will expect you not to be able to use a pair of chopsticks.
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It's not rude. But I heard it's rude to put your rice bowl on the left side of your main plate which is awkward for me as I prefer to use chopsticks in my left hand, but I am ambidextrous.

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they really won't think that at all. of course they like to see people from other cultures giving it a go, but if you can't you can't. you will of noticed by now the japanese are some of the most courteous and kindest people in the world, they really won't care.
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I doubt they'd care although it's not that hard to learn how to use chopsticks .
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Nah it's fine.
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They'll know by looking at you that you're not local. So it doesn't matter.


On the other hand, learn how to use chopsticks, it's easy.

Just don't leave chopsticks pointing directly up out of a bowl of rice.
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(Original post by Isambard Kingdom Brunel)
I don't want people to look at me and think im a fool!
'Will people think I'm a fool?' isn't the same as 'is it rude?'

It's Japan - people will look at you anyway. Besides, they probably won't expect you to be able to use chopsticks. Conceivably, they might even think it weird if you do...
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(Original post by TurboCretin)
'Will people think I'm a fool?' isn't the same as 'is it rude?'

It's Japan - people will look at you anyway. Besides, they probably won't expect you to be able to use chopsticks. Conceivably, they might even think it weird if you do...
Based on experience, the first time someone sees you do it they'll go "Wow, you can use chopsticks, that's so impressive!"

The second time they see you they'll go "Your technique sucks. Your holding those wrong. A child could do better."

The initial politeness wears off fast and is quickly replaced by high standards.
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(Original post by ManifoldManifest)
Based on experience, the first time someone sees you do it they'll go "Wow, you can use chopsticks, that's so impressive!"

The second time they see you they'll go "Your technique sucks. Your holding those wrong. A child could do better."

The initial politeness wears off fast and is quickly replaced by high standards.
Haha, that depends. When my girlfriend (who is Chinese, but still) saw me using chopsticks, she went "your technique is better than mine...this is awkward".
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