Japan: Know your chopsticks

Life will be easier for you in Japan if you’ve had some experience with chopsticks. The secret is to learn to move only the chopstick on top rather than both at once. Don’t point, lick, or gesture with chopsticks. Also, never take food from a common serving plate with the ends of the chopsticks you’ve had in your mouth. Never use your chopsticks to take food from someone else’s chopsticks, as this denotes a funerary custom.