The Right and Wrong Way to Eat Sushi: A Primer’s food chan­nel, Munchies, spent time with Naomichi Yasu­da and learned the dos and don’ts of eat­ing sushi. And they kind­ly sum­ma­rized some prac­tices that are per­mit­ted and ver­boten.

  1. It’s okay to use your fin­gers to eat cut sushi rolls.
  2. Don’t com­bine gin­ger and sushi, or gin­ger and soy sauce. Gin­ger is a palate cleanser in between bites.
  3. When dip­ping sushi into soy sauce, dip fish-side down.
  4. Nev­er shake soy sauce off of sushi. That’s like shak­ing your wanker in pub­lic.

The video above just begins to scratch the sur­face. If you head over to The­Sushi­FAQ, you can find a long list of rules and sug­ges­tions that will round out your sushi-eat­ing eti­quette. Here are some addi­tion­al tips to keep in mind: Nev­er put wasabi direct­ly in the shoyu dish. And know that Sashi­mi is only to be eat­en with your chop­sticks, not with your hands. Got it? There will be a quiz tomor­row.

via Kot­tke/Munchies

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  • rg57 says:

    “Nev­er put wasabi direct­ly in the shoyu dish”.nnHah. That right there shows what Japan knows about sushi.nnIt’s anoth­er instance of the fre­quent obser­va­tion that the peo­ple who invent some­thing are usu­al­ly not the peo­ple who per­fect it.

  • moustachepants34 says:

    I always thought this was the appro­pri­ate way to eat sushi:nn

  • FreemanPresson says:

    I’m not Japan­ese and I am unlike­ly to go there. If my Amer­i­can man­ners both­er you, you are polite­ly request­ed to look around for a Nihon-gen to watch eat instead.

  • jdgalt says:

    Sushi is “folk food”, like tacos. If you think there’s a wrong way to pre­pare or eat it, you’re the one doing it wrong.

  • sisterchef says:

    Food snob­bery 101.. peo­ple can do what­ev­er they want with food they’re served.. con­trol freaks

  • Thadeush says:

    You can pour ketchup all over a great steak if you want, but you’re not respect­ing the chef or the steak. Know­ing a tra­di­tion does­n’t mean you have to fol­low it, but there is val­ue in under­stand­ing. You can respect the val­ue of the tea cer­e­mo­ny with­out fol­low­ing it for your dai­ly cup. Sounds like peeps are a lit­tle inse­cure about learn­ing a tra­di­tion.

  • Toad says:

    Well said, Thadeush.

    There are rea­sons for these things, they are rec­om­men­da­tions that become “rules.” Eg, you dip the sushi fish side down because oth­er­wise, the rice cake breaks up and you get crumbs of rice into it, so it makes sense, and then that becomes eti­quette because it looks weird if you do it the oth­er way. He men­tions that he sees peo­ple eat gin­ger in the same bite with sushi (wow, yuk), and says that’s wrong. In the same sense, in Amer­i­can cul­ture, it would be “wrong” to pour your milk­shake over your hamburger…yeah, it’s wrong.

    The video is show­ing a con­nois­seur’s point of view–he says that eat­ing sushi fresh at the counter is a very dif­fer­ent expe­ri­ence from at the table, which is obvi­ous­ly a pret­ty sophis­ti­cat­ed appre­ci­a­tion of sushi.

    Con­nois­seurs who are sim­ply cel­e­brat­ing what they love and try­ing to share knowl­edge and expe­ri­ence are NOT snobs.

    Also, even when it does just come down to eti­quette, if you’ve lived in Japan, you know that they look at eti­quette from the oth­er side. There is plea­sure in know­ing the rules of eti­quette, agree­ing to them, and enjoy­ing the rit­u­al and belong­ing. It’s the notion of cer­e­mo­ny and tra­di­tion extend­ed through­out dai­ly life. It may not be for you, but if you just sneer at it, you’re the one with a sneer on your face.

  • Janet Baker says:

    The wanker ref­er­ence was ugly and uncalled for.

  • Your Mom says:

    The wanker ref­er­ence was beau­ti­ful and appro­pri­ate.

  • Wanker says:

    @Janet Bak­er
    Don’t dis­re­spect me you fat cow.

    @Your Mom
    Thank you my dear.

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