Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
Japan has rules – lots of them. And they like it that way.
It puts a cramp on flexibility sometimes, it makes that usual, but it also make things quite predictable, and with that comes confidence in knowing things will be done right – the first time.
They have a lot of don’t when it comes to using chopsticks.
Don’t stab your rice. This is only done at funerals. So, unless you are killing your rice or attending your rice’s funeral…don’t stick your chopsticks in them.
Don’t pass food from person to person with your chopsticks. Most westerners can’t do this anyway…but in case you can…don’t. And don’t practice either. Once again, at funerals, the dead one is always cremated …but only to the point that many of the hardest parts of the bones are left over. Yep…there are bones laying on the table in front of you.
You then pick up these bones and put them in a coffee can type container for later reference. The passing of the bones can be done with chopsticks. It is the ONLY time you can pass something by chopsticks. Got it?
Your chopsticks are NOT a baby spear or a harpoon. Don’t use it as such.
Your chopsticks are NOT arrows for giving directions.
Your chopsticks are NOT extensions of your fingers to do what fingers normally do..such as move things around on the table. Put the chopsticks down and use your hands.
When going for seconds, turn your chopsticks around and pick out what you want to the unused end of your chopsticks. In that way, no one has to touch what your mouth touched. Yuck!
Question: What do Japanese do when they want to lose weight?
Answer: They use only one chopstick.