Chopstick etiquette. If you ever go to Japan, be sure to read up on it before you come here. It’s pretty easy to offend people, because chopsticks play a role in funeral rituals. Besides the subtle things, like not planting your chopsticks directly into a bowl of rice between bites, there are some pretty obvious rules. One rule is that you don’t let the part of your chopsticks that you eat from touch the table, especially after you’ve started eating. You’ll get the table dirty and you’ll get your chopsticks dirty.
Most nicer restaurants in Japan will provide a chopstick rest for you to set them on, but not all of them do. Never fear! You can easily fold your own from the wrapper on your origami chopstick rest! Here’s my friend Tomoko to show you how: