How to Be Polite in 15 Different Countries

Don’t leave your chopsticks sticking up in Japan

Never stick your chopsticks vertically in a bowl of rice. “It’s considered extremely taboo because it reminds people of funerals where a bowl of rice is offered with two chopsticks standing vertically in the center as an offering to the deceased,” explains Bonnie Tsai, manners expert and founder and director of Beyond Etiquette. Instead, place them across the top of the bowl or next to the bowl if you’re still eating. Before traveling, you should brush up on these 10 manners that are considered rude in America but are polite in other countries.

Bonnie Tsai