海外に行くなら知っておくべきテーブルマナー アジア編


世界には様々なテーブルマナーが存在します。その国ごとに独特の作法があり、日本で当たり前のことが失礼な振る舞いにもなったりします。2 回にわけて紹介していきますが、1回目はアジア編です。

Table manners vary throughout the world. Depending on the country, there are specific rules, and things that you believe are normal in Japan may be something rude in another country. We will be bringing you this in 2 parts with the first being Asia!

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For anyone who likes traveling or is planning on traveling or studying abroad, here are some tips!
It is always important to be courteous and understanding of the different mannerisms for each country you visit. The last thing you want to do is offend the locals because you were too ignorant to do a little research before visiting.
One thing that I know many people enjoy is food. So, going with that, I’m going to introduce some basic dining rules for the top 10 countries that Japanese people like visiting, this is the first installment that focuses on Asia! That way, if and when you visit, you will be prepared, at least, by not being rude at the dinner table.




In Korea, it is considered rude to hold bowls of soup or rice. Make sure you keep it rested on the table, even if you’re tempted to pick it up and bring it closer to your face as it is considered polite in other Asian countries. Due to the numerous communal side dishes served in Korea, it is very rude to “double dip” and touch everything while getting your food. If someone offers you an alcoholic drink, don’t refuse it, especially if it’s from an elder, as this can be quite offensive. On the topic of alcohol, make sure to always pour for others and your seniors before pouring your own drink. And if a senior pours you a drink, make sure to hold the cup with both hands, as this should be done with anything being passed around the table.

Thailand /タイ



Thai food is one of my personal favorites, and I’ll be honest when I say I didn’t know all of these table manners. But this is what this article is for, right? Educating everyone!
When eating in Thailand, make sure that you take small servings of each dish. Refills are unlimited, but by taking too much for yourself could possibly prevent others from having a bite, which is rude. Chopsticks are only used for Chinese styled noodles in Thailand, and the main utensil that is used is a spoon. Never use a fork to carry food to your mouth as this is also considered rude. Instead, hold the fork in your left hand and use that to push food onto your spoon, which you’ll use to carry food to your mouth. Also, when eating sticky rice, you use your fingers by compressing the rice and dipping it in the sauce.
As most Asian countries, seniority is very important. Do not start eating until the most senior member has signaled that it is time to eat. Also, avoid using your left hand to eat or when handling communal utensils. The left hand is always considered the “dirty hand”. Sorry lefties.

Singapore /シンガポール


シンガポールはとても独特な文化が混ざり合っていて、様々な食が楽しめます。現地で食べるものはフォークとスプーンを使います。ナイフは既に食べ物が切られているケースが多いので使うことはありません。タイと同様に、フォークはスプーンに食べ物を乗せるために使い、そのスプーンを口に運びます。 お皿に盛られているご飯を食べる場合を除き、お箸は中華料理を食べる時に使います。これがスプーンを使う場合です。でも、もしご飯がお茶碗に入っている場合には、お箸を使って口にご飯を運びます。インド料理か、マレーシア料理を食べているときは、手を使いましょう。さらには、右手を使いましょう。左手は「汚れている」とみなされています。もしくはフォークかスプーンを使いましょう。

Singapore has a unique mix of cultures and you can experience many different cuisines. For the local dishes, you use a fork and spoon. Knives aren’t used as most of the food is cut up if necessary. Like Thailand, the fork should only be used to push food onto the spoon, which is what carries your food. Chopsticks are used for Chinese food, unless you are eating rice off of a plate. That is when you use a spoon. But, if the rice is in a bowl, use your chopsticks to shovel the rice into your mouth. When you eat Indian or Malaysian food, you may use your hands. More specifically your right hand as your left hand is tainted. Or, you will be using a fork and spoon.
Also, when you are eating fish, make sure that you do not turn the plate and eat it from the position in which the plate was placed in front of you.


I hope you were able to take away from these tips! Make sure to follow these manners when you travel to these locations!
Bon appetit!