So folks. I`m headed back to Japan in May and as I get back in to the Genki spirit, I`m going through all the cultural do`s and don`ts that will cause my friends to hit the eject button at the table if stick my chopsticks in my bun after lunch.
In case you failed it the last time, here`s the opportunity to take it again. The Chopstick test. Gambatte!
Hey from Japan- or wherever the moving van arrives- Emily Cannell
As if the Offspring didn`t cause enough raised eyebrows at home with their barn like behavior at the
trough supper table, now the Japanese we encounter while dining have concluded somewhere hidden underneath those clothes is a curly tail. Amidst the smacking, elbows resting on any available surface and incorrect handling of all foreign dining objects, including a fork, my sole remaining hope for improved table manners rests on an over dramatic and disgusted look from an attractive member of the opposite sex.
But I keep trying.
Mushing on in spite of this relentless uphill assault.
Do you belong with my bovine? Test your chopstick chops….
The Chopstick Test
Junko- san and the man of her dreams, Andretti-san, take their place at the counter for ramen and romance. Andretti-san unwraps the paper from his chopsticks and rubs them together, smoothing off any splinters that appeared when he broke…
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Are you moving back to Japan? Or just heading over for a visit?
Just heading over for a visit. Like the people who eat at McDonalds for a month, I expect to come back several pounds heavier -from ramen.
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Ooo, Emily — I’m due to be in Japan in May too! And I also am already thinking of the food I’ll be eating there — though rather than ramen, I’ve been dreaming of sushi and yakitori, and trying some yakitori-style eel innards, etc.! 😉
Yum! What’s on your itinerary? I think I’ll just walk from one restaurant to the next. Ill also buy lots of cute socks and hankies!
Hi again Emily —
Travel-wise, the plan is to go to Nagano, Obuse, Togakushi, Matsumoto and Tokyo (with maybe Karuizawa or Mito also in there). Food-wise, I’m particularly looking to eating chestnuts in Obuse, and going one more time to Tsukiji and Omoide Yokocho in Tokyo.
Oh, and there’s an absolutely fantastic sake bar in Tokyo called Sasagin which I want to go to again. The following’s my blog post about my first visit there back in 2012:-
My sisters want to do a sake tasting- any ideas? i wonder if that bar does them. Sounds like a great trip!
Sasagin would be a great place to do a sake-tasting, seeing as it has many types of sakes as well as many sakes, period. BTW, its owner, Narita-san can speak English… 😉
Arigato! Great info- will look him up. Looking forward to hearing about your trip!