Even though sushi is my favorite food of all time, and I've had the pleasure of eating it more times than I can count, come to think of it, I was never really taught sushi-eating etiquette by anybody. And I was raised in Tokyo! As you may or may not know, there actually is a proper way to eat sushi, and once you take a look at these two "do" and "don't" diagrams, you'll be ready to impress any sushi chef in the world!

When I look at the illustrations below, I'm comforted by the fact that I know how to eat sushi the right way. I guess growing up in Japan and watching people around me eat it taught me naturally. I do remember a sushi chef at a restaurant my family used to frequent explain to me when I was a kid how to dip the sushi into the soy sauce without getting any soy sauce on the rice, and how to put it in my mouth so that my tongue could taste the deliciousness of the fish. But that was about all I ever learned, and I guess that's all I really have to know. So distinct, each and every fish, and all you add is a little bit of vinegar rice, wasabi, and soy sauce. (I'm drooling on my keyboard as we speak.)

Anyway, even in Japan, no one is going to notice or look down on you if you don't dip your sushi in soy sauce the right way, or if just shove it in your mouth without turning it upside down. But there are things you definitely shouldn't do, like take a bite and put the rest back on your plate or little bowl of soy sauce, or put ginger on the sushi and eat the whole thing. If you do things like that, you may catch your sushi chef glancing over at you while you eat the rest of your dinner. 

I could stare at this all day . . . 

Are you surprised by any of these sushi rules?


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