You want to appear ready for prime time, so it makes sense to pause and consider any response before you broadcast it. Looking for a phrase guaranteed to make a first date your last?
Begin your meal by saying which means “I humbly receive.” Knowing a few other Japanese language basics can bolster confidence as well.
Do not dump soy sauce directly on your food, especially plain rice; instead, pour a small amount of soy sauce into the small bowl and dip your food into it.
Otherwise, leave them sideways on your plate rather than pointing them at the person seated across.
Putting your sticks next to your bowl indicates that you aren't finished eating yet.
When first seated, many restaurants will provide you with a wet towel.