If you’re considering a trip to Japan, you might want to practice eating with ‘chopsticks’ prior to your visit. Although, larger (more modern) cities such as Tokyo and Osaka always offer an option of a fork and knife; it’s traditional towns (Nara) which might pose a problem. WikiHow offers you a step-by-step guide on chopstick etiquette. We escaped the ‘two left finger’ dilemma for the first few days. In Nara, we asked for a spoon (not a wise idea) to eat our soup. It would have been easier to use chopsticks than a large wooden spoon. In Arashiyama (Kyoto), we decided to take the plunge. It took us about 30 minutes to struggle through Miso Ramen Soup. But, by the time we reached Tokyo, chopsticks weren’t necessarily a struggle. Yes, there was an occasional carrot/meat ball rolling on the table, but most of our food ended in our mouths. For vegetarians, it will be a trying experience as it is difficult to find vegetarian food – without any meat or seafood product. But there is a whole variety of breads and pastries to opt for.

Posted by:twobrownfeet

Writer-Photographer Duo. Now in Seoul.

4 replies on “Two Left Fingers

  1. Once you learn to use chopsticks, you will find that the food suitable for their use tastes extra delicious than if you were to use a spoon or fork. Admittedly it is frustrating at the beginning but once you learn to handle them, you won’t want to go back to using a spoon.

    1. Helene, couldn’t agree more. It looks harder than it actually is. 🙂 Add a dash of dexterity to nimble fingers and you’re set! We enjoyed our experience. Besides, the food is prepared to be eaten with chopsticks! It’s a shame if one loses out on that experience.

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