Studio Ghibli Chopsticks
How to Hold and Use Chopsticks
1) Take one of your chopsticks and rest it between your index finger and thumb.
2) The second chopstick is held in a way that many people hold a pencil: Use your thumb, index, and middle finger to grip it. You can place your middle finger under the second chopstick for additional stability.
3) Keep the bottom chopstick stationary. Think of the bottom chopstick as your anchor or base.
4) Move only the top chopstick up and down to “open” and “close” the chopsticks. This is how you can grab pieces of food.
5) Practice! A little goes a long way. Soon enough, you’ll be scooping rice and slurping ramen with ease!
An additional tip we have includes approaching food with chopsticks with the intention of scooping it up, instead of grabbing or gripping. For instance, eating rice may seem difficult, but not if you dip your chopsticks under some rice in your bowl and lift it upward.
There are also a couple of rules to keep in mind when using chopsticks, along with some major no-nos!
1) Never stick your chopsticks vertically into your food. This is considered bad luck, since it looks just like incense being offered to the dead.
2) Don’t stab food with your chopsticks.
3) Don’t lick your chopsticks.
4) Don’t point at people with your chopsticks. This is seen as the equivalent of rudely pointing with your finger at someone.
5) Don’t pass food directly from one pair of chopsticks to another.