Customs and Manners Japanese Style

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the offing, some in Japan have begun worrying that behaviors taken for granted here could rub foreign visitors the wrong way. In this series, we introduce and explain some of the cultural norms and customs that outsiders might find surprising, perplexing, and possibly even disconcerting.

A Cultural History of Noodle SlurpingMotohashi Takashi

Why is it that the Japanese, who generally frown on noisy eating, consider it proper and even preferable to suck up one’s noodles with a loud slurping sound? Food writer and soba aficionado Motohashi Takashi probes the origins of this fascinating and occasionally controversial custom with the help of Horii Yoshinori, proprietor of one of Tokyo’s oldest soba shops.

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