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Visiting a Japanese house
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Negative Questions

Negative question is bad way to ask something to Japanese.
Japanese reply "YES" even though their answer is "NO".


Here is an example:

Don't you smoke? Yes, I don't smoke. <- Typical answer you will get from Japanese.  

This mistake comes from Japanese Language grammar.
It seems to be smart to avoid the negative questions to Japanese.

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Why you see many surgeons wearing a mask on a street in Japan?

Japanese wears mask when they catch a cold.
In order to prevent to spread the virus to others.

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You will see two types of chopsticks at Japanese restaurants.

Top one is sacked with paper sleeve and bottom one is

Normally no different. Generally speaking, bare one is less quality.


How to separate it to Chopsticks?





Hold the chopstick with slimmer part as above.

Pull your hands to outside.

How to Hold the Chopsticks?

Tuck one chopstick under thumb.

It will be hold with ring finger, pointer finger and thumb.


Add the second chopstick;

To hold it like a pencil.

Bend your fingers, pointer and middle finger, to up and down.

Try to set the head of chopstick to meet at same spot to be able to tuck food.

Now you can pick any small food with chopsticks.

Normally all foods served are chopped to right size.

Sometimes you may need to use the chopsticks to cut food in case of soft food; Tofu, fish, etc.


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