The Japanese are very attentive to good manners, in fact, very often tourists find themselves in difficulty, especially when one is at the table and is about to eat because Japanese good manners are very different from Italian ones.
Although the Japanese are kind and hospitable, and therefore inclined to turn a blind eye to the "gaffe" of the guests, it is good to know the basics of their etiquette before venturing into Japan, in order to know what things should be done and which should absolutely be avoided. .
Here are some things to know:
1) Make noise while eating
Making the sucking noise when eating ramen or the broth of a hot soup may sound disgusting in England but in Japan it is considered a sign of appreciation for the meal. Eating like that has the purpose of cooling some dishes and drinks that are generally served very hot but often the Japanese do it even when the food is cold or lukewarm, just as a sign of pleasure.
2) Don't blow your nose at the dinner table
Blowing your nose in public is a fairly rude gesture in Japan, but it becomes much more rude if you do it at the table during the meal. If you have to blow your nose, get up and go to the bathroom
3) Serve a drink
In Japan it is always the host who serves the guests drinks. At the restaurant, especially in business dinners, those with the lowest grade serve a drink first to their superiors and colleagues of the highest grade.
4) The use of hashi (chopsticks)
When taking food from serving dishes it is best to use the back of the hashi, not the one that you put in your mouth.
To offer someone a taste, take the food with hashi and put it on their plate, do not pass the food directly from your sticks to his because it is considered a gesture that brings bad luck.
When the hashi are not held in hand, they should be placed on the hashi rest, it is preferable to avoid leaving them on the table or plate.
5) Don't overdo the portions
In Japan there is no distinction between appetizers, first courses, main courses .. All courses are served together. When it comes to serving food, overdoing portions can be seen as rude.