- Never wave chopsticks at another person, bang them like drumsticks, use them to move plates or bowls, or stab them vertically into a bowl of rice. This last gesture indicates that the food is meant for the dead.
- To serve a guest, use the blunt ends of your own chopsticks to transfer food from a communal dish to the guest’s plate.
- When chopsticks are not in use, place them neatly on the table, side by side, with the ends even.
- When picking food out of a communal dish, select only food that is on the top of the pile and the closest distance to your plate. Do not rummage through the serving dish to select specific food items for yourself.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after eating.
- In general, eat with your right hand and use your left hand to pass communal dishes.
- You must finish everything on your plate.
- Do not leave the table until all guests have finished eating or your host asks for your help.
- Do not expose the soles of your feet if you are eating on a carpet or mat.
- Showing up early for dinner is considered rude; aim to arrive fifteen to thirty minutes late.