Talk:Japanese customs

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Japanese daughters[edit]

"However, many young Japanese women now refuse to bathe after their fathers." -- Looks like DannyWilde added this on Aug. 9th... can somebody elaborate? I've not read or heard of this anywhere else. I asked a couple of Japanese friends about it and they were mystified. Waxmaker 04:40, 12 December 2005 (UTC)

About food don'ts[edit]

What's that thing about tasting any sauce or condiment before taking? Is it a true Japanese custom or just a warning to us gaijin about weird or ferocious foreign spices ?

that sentence confused me as well on first reading -- it means you should taste the food before putting condiments on it. I'll make it clearer. Mendor 16:07, 14 October 2005 (UTC)

"You must reverse your chopsticks and pick food up with the clean end if you are sharing a dish." I've been told that it's not longer the custom. Modern thinking is that hands are more likely to have germs than the mouth. - Anonymous

You don't touch the thicker end with your hands, so there wouldn't be any germs there. (talk) 05:59, 13 February 2014 (UTC)
Like virtually every other Japanese custom, this is situational -- and also gender related. At home, it would be ususual to see family members -- the males, at least -- reversing their chopsticks. The same would probably be true of a group of (male) friends informally dining together. In a group of adult women eating together, one would certaintly expect some, if not all, the women showing good etiquette by following this custom. In a very formal setting, adults (and well-trained children) will typically follow this custom.

Regarding "hands are more likely to have germs than the mouth": We are talking about customs. Attempts at rational explanations are rarely successful. - Also anonymous —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:38, 28 November 2007 (UTC)


The contents of this page overlap with those of Etiquette of Japan. I don't see why two pages are needed about the same thing, so I suggest mergeing the two. --DannyWilde 05:28, 12 September 2005 (UTC)

Majorly rewrite, merge, and redirect to Customs of Japan. Exploding Boy 18:18, September 12, 2005 (UTC)
Since there weren't any objections in the two weeks the merge sign was up, I've done the merge into the "Etiquette of Japan" page. --DannyWilde 16:22, 26 September 2005 (UTC)