Sushi Etiquette


(thanks Toby!)

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  1. Metronomic

    I find all of you who are like “I’ll do what I want!” pretty childish and typical of western people in general. The point here is that the act of eating sushi is a ritual and there is specific etiquette that goes along with that. If you don’t want to follow it then expect to be laughed at and ridiculed and likely to get the sharp edge of the chefs tongue as well. Go eat McDonalds fat asses.

  2. Jason

    Why are people getting so aggressive?


    Nobody is saying that you have to do these things. Even if you’re in a high class sushi restaurant you dont have to do these things. However, some people like to know proper etiquette.

    I dont think anyone is going to go to a high-class restaurant, order a steak and start eating it with their hands just because they dont want to be told how to eat

  3. Burbly

    Lotta stupid americans here! Next time I come over to your house for dinner I’ll stick my dick in the mashed potatoes and see how you like it. I’ll eat my mashed potatoes any way I please, and that always involves me sticking my dick in it first!

  4. My Neighbor Totoro

    Domo origato! Totoro here to teach you a thing or two about sushi etiquette:

    -You’ll find that when you visit Japan, most people will eat their sushi with a fork.

    -Pickled ginger is more of an American thing because the bright pink is just more appealing to the eyes. In reality, most sushi in Japan is plated with pickled cucmbers: pickles. In some of the lower-quality restaurants, you’ll find a pickle relish.

    -While it is inappropriate to add wasabi to your soy sauce, traditional Japanese sushi is eaten with a thick mixture of French’s yellow mustard and Heinz ketchup. Just jam your chopsticks into the mixture so that their are sticking straight in the air. This is a compliment to the chef.

    Enjoy your sushi all! Namaste!

  5. L :O L

    @ Flutter I almost shit my pants laughing at what you wrote. Good job sir.

  6. catwoman

    This a cute way of explaining sushi etiquette — i like that it’s a comic.

    for previous commenters, it’s true that most people don’t follow these signs or manners.

    my mother is a sushi chef, and i’ve worked with many japanese people and some who have been trained by sushi masters in japan. when i worked with these people, they explained these same manners — but this is the traditional way of eating sushi. this was a high-end restaurant, like many of you have assumed, but one that only served sushi traditional style.
    so if you go to many japanese restaurants in america or japan, yes, you will find splinters in your chopsticks, and people mixing soy sauce and wasabi together. but to know it is to be aware of what the traditional culture of eating sushi is.

    conclusion: eat sushi the way you want, but by learning from japanese chefs and japanese people in the food industry, i can vouch for and i do agree that this comic is accurate.

  7. ...

    You people are idiots. Its about respecting a culture. I’m sure when you’re eating at your Americanized sushi restaurants, eating large amounts of spicy mayo, no one cares what you do. But if you want a real experience, find a small hole in the wall sushi restaurant. Go in and order omakase. This is basically chef’s choice. You won’t be disappointed. But if you go to a sushi restaurant in Japan and try to do things like dunking your fish in the soy sauce (why even bother eating if you’re going to do this) you may be asked to leave the restaurant. I’ve seen it happen first hand.

  8. ashish


  9. Thanks for your guide. I know the right way to eat sushi

  10. Kai

    The point of many of these rules is (especially in nicer places in Japan, not your local panda express), the chefs and restaurants work very hard to prepare fresh and quality fish and ingredients for the customer. Dunking the rice side down (more sauce is absorbed), using too much wasabi (it’s usually already inside), really soaking your sushi, or eating it with ginger all mask the flavours of the fish. It won’t taste much different than if the fish were a couple days (or more!) old, or cheaper quality. You can naturally choose to eat it as you wish, but many of these customs were to enjoy the efforts of the chef to bring the best quality to you, and to really taste the difference. It also respects the effort that was put into bringing you the freshest and high quality ingredients.

    For places where you are paying 1800 yen (about 25 USD?) for two pieces of sushi, you want to taste the difference that money makes.

    As for eating it in one bite and without making a mess of it, sushi chefs train for a long time to learn how to make sushi, and again, it ruins the effort they put into assembling your sushi.

    The are Japanese who probably don’t know these manners, but I have met many who do (especially older folks, like my grandfather who taught me these things). However, I would say on average, typical Japanese folks put more stock into their table manners and customs than the average American, though that might have to do with having largely one set of customs for a more homogenous population (than the US) for so long. Americans on the other hand hail from many different countries with many different customs, so maybe a “do as you’d like, but don’t be an ass” mentality was more necessary. 🙂

  11. Hung Far Long

    The custom when done eating sushi is to always stick your dick in the wasabi and sodomize the waitress as a sign you enjoyed the meal. Everyone in Japan knows this.

  12. sushi chef

    the right way to eat a macdonalds hamburger is to stuff it into your ass for exactly 60 seconds before pulling it out and stuffing it into your mouth. every american knows this.

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