Don’t stab your food with chopsticks
Earlier, we talked about how chopsticks should be treated with respect and not flung around over the dining table. Well, one way to offend, or at least surprise, your Japanese friend is by stabbing your food with the chopstick. They might understand since you’re not from there, but you should avoid doing it if at all possible.
Over time, you’ll find that eating with chopsticks isn’t all that difficult. But if you’re struggling, you can always ask for a spoon and a fork. You do know how to say spoon and fork in Japanese, right? Fōku to spūn kudasai. Or ask a friend to ask for you.