Acquired Japanese Habit #346:
- Using a fork and spoon together to eat pasta.
But mostly… I finally feel like I’m able to eat pasta in a dignified manner, which I never achieved in the time-honored way of “going solo” that I grew up with. Not to say that there aren’t places or people in the U.S. that came up with this mannerism on their own, I just never witnessed it. As for Japan… I’ve seen it everywhere. It’s just how things are done.
Except in that odd pasta restaurant where you’re required to eat with chopsticks instead, which everyone including your Japanese friends find strange given the slippery nature of Italian spaghetti, yet is endured because the taste is fantastic.
It wasn’t by choice though, there just wasn’t a Western utensil in sight.
Final Verdict: This is one habit I fully intend to bring back to American soil.