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Rest your chopsticks properly. If eating at a sushi bar, place your chopsticks in front of you, parallel to the edge of the bar, with the narrow ends on the "Hashioki" (a small item to rest your chopsticks) this is the most polite way to rest your chopsticks during any occasion. While it is not as polite to place them on the plate, if you do, place your chopsticks across your plate, not leaning on your plate, or haphazardly strewn across your plate.
Know Your Sushi
Know the difference between:
"Makizushi" (rolled in seaweed)
"Sashimi" (sliced/chilled raw fish without rice).
Picking Up Sushi
Use the fat end of your chopsticks to pick up sushi from a communal platter, or when serving someone else.
Never pass food from one set of chopsticks to another. During Japanese funeral rituals, family members pass bones of the deceased to each other by chopsticks. Passing food from one set of chopsticks to another mimics this ritual, and is therefore considered extremely impolite and offensive. If you must pass something to another person, pick it up, and place it on their dish, remember to use the fat end of your chopsticks. They can then pick it up with their own chopsticks.
Ask the chef what's good, and let him pick for you, especially if it's your first time eating sushi. This shows your respect for what he does, and maybe you'll get a good snack. If you're in Japan, buy the chef a drink, like sake or beer, as a compliment.
Learn a few polite Japanese words and phrases, like:
Sushi Ettiqutte Tips
Word of Warning Whe Eating Sushi
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