Like many aspects of Japanese culture, there's a certain etiquette to eating sushi. Take the time to peruse these helpful tips so you can make the best impression on your sushi chef or dining companions the next time you're downing some maki.
Collaborative blog Clusterflock says good sushi etiquette dictates you should dip only the fish portion into soy sauce, never the rice, and take care to use the blunt end of the chopsticks to take food from a shared plate. The post also asserts that sushi is meant to be eaten in a single bite, not in a succession of smaller ones.
When you're dining on the fishy treats, make sure you always mind your chopsticks:
Don't rub your chopsticks together to remove splinters. (It's rude; a good sushi bar would never offer chopsticks of such low quality.)
Clusterflock claims that stirring wasabi into your soy sauce for more flavourful dunking is likewise a faux pas. Some sushi aficionados say it's perfectly acceptable, however, so if you're concerned, the safest approach is to let your tablemates be your guide. If they're busy making wasabi soup in their individual bowls of soy sauce, feel free to whip up your own batch, too.
Check out the post for more sushi etiquette dos and don'ts. What's missing from the list? Are you an outlaw that breaks these rules, or do you follow every one of them? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Sushi Etiquette [Clusterflock]