Don’t go crazy with the wet towel
Many restaurants provide you with a wet towel right after you get seated. While that steaming hot sensation may ignite your every desire to stop, drop, and spa, do not use the towel on your face or neck. The towel is solely meant to clean your hands. Once you have done this, simply fold it and put it aside. “The wet towel is there because you are expected to eat everything with your hands and wipe your fingertips with the towel as you go,” Chase Kojima, executive chef at Sydney-based Sokyo, told the Australian website SBS.
It’s generally considered rude in American culture to pick up your bowl of soup and slurp like it’s your last meal on earth (soup is one of those tricky foods to eat in a polite manner). But this is not the case with Japanese etiquette. In fact, it’s encouraged to lift your miso-filled bowl to your mouth, using the spoon with the other hand to scoop up the goodness. Chefs consider the slurping noise to be a sign of contentment, so don’t be surprised if you hear a lot of this noise throughout the restaurant! And feel free to make your own.