Table manners


Table manners

Table manners are the rules of etiquette used while eating, which may also include the appropriate use of utensils. Different cultures observe different rules for table manners. Each family or group sets its own standards for how strictly these rules are to be enforced.


With Gratitude

If a meal come out in front of your eyes, will you eat that soon? When you come to Japan, you think why does Japanese put them hands together and say "Itadakimasu" before eating? This is a traditional custom in Japan. We cannot live without having a meal. However, life dwells in the things we eat, such as a fish, meet and so on. The reason Japanese put them hands together and say "Itadakimasu" before eating is to express their gratitude to a food.


Let's feel the Japanese culture. When a meal come out in front your eyes, let's put your hands together and say "Itadakimasu". Maybe your meal becomes more delicious before do not say "Itadakimasu".
After finishing to eat them, let's put your hands together and say..."Gochisou-sama". "Gochisou-sama" is the feelings of appreciation in regard to be able to eat a meal. By trying to do that, perhaps, you can feel the Japanese culture and more familiar the country, Japan.


While eating


While eating, in Japan, to cross our legs is breach of manner. This manner is as same as your country. We think perhaps the height of the chair and table in Japan don't fit for you. However, let's eat while protecting the manners as much as possible.


Slurp noodles

We think the behavior which sipping while making a sound is shameful action in your country. In Japan, we don't make a sound when we eat pasta. If we make a sound, it is shameful action. 


However, it is not when we eat "Ramen". When you come to Japan, maybe you go to Ramen restaurant. Then, you will be amazing and wondering, why does japanese people make a sound while eating Ramen? Please do me a favor. Could you understand that action? We are able to make Ramen to become more delicious by making a sound and sipping  because noodle and air is mixed. Unfailingly, you will feel the resistance that action. However, We want you to try it. We promise the Ramen becomes more delicious by doing that.



"itadakimasu" : before eating
"Gochisou-sama" : after eating
put your hands together : before and after eating



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