I’d been in Japan for almost a year before somebody finally gave me an honest answer.
Now going back in time, funny story, I started using chopsticks when I was just a kid. I don’t know why. It’s not like my parents are secret ninjas or something. I guess I just like challenges, or maybe I’m retarded or whatever, but anyway I started using them at a super young age.
My recollection is mostly that I couldn’t pick up a darn thing and my hand hurt like crazy. But—and you know this is so me—once I made up my mind, I wasn’t going to quit. Kind of like how I decided I would never speak English once I moved to Japan. And that’s worked out just . . . uh, what’s the opposite of “great”? Well, whatever, that’s another story. Anyway, pretty soon I was this kid who was eating Cheerios with chopsticks, and Shake ‘n Bake chicken, and meatloaf. (Culinarily speaking, I had the whitest upbringing ever.) Continue reading “How to Use Chopsticks”