“Ranking on bad chopstick habits people have and bad manners in others that they can’t help noticing. Both surveys were conducted between the 20th and 24th of July 2007” (via 世論 What Japan Thinks)

Rank 日本語 Explanation Score
1 渡し箸 watashi bashi: Resting chopsticks sideways across the top of dishes 100
2 探り箸 saguri bashi: Stirring soup trying to find that last chunk of tofu, etc 83.1
3 突き箸・刺し箸 tsuki bashi, sashi bashi: Spearing food then eating it 79.1
4 直箸 choku bashi: Not using the serving chopsticks, but your own sticks to get food from shared plates 71.2
5 もぎ箸 mogi bashi: Sucking off grains of rice, etc, stuck to the chopsticks 65.4
6 重ね箸 kasane bashi: Eating just one dish continuously 61.9
7 持ち箸 mochi bashi: Grabbing a dish, glass, etc whilst holding chopsticks in the same hand 61.6
8 迷い箸 mayoi bashi: Hovering chopsticks over the dishes while humming and hawing about what to eat 54.4
9 受け箸 uke bashi: Holding chopsticks when asking for more rice 44.8
10 掻き箸 kaki bashi: Holding a bowl to your mouth and shovelling food in 43.0
11 舐り箸 neburi bashi: Licking your chopsticks 27.6
12 撥ね箸 hane bashi: Pushing away disliked food with chopsticks 23.8
13 寄せ箸 yose bashi: Pulling dishes closer with chopsticks 23.5
14 洗い箸 arai bashi: Washing chopsticks in soup 16.3
15 指し箸 sashi bashi: Pointing at people or things with chopsticks 15.7
16 すかし箸 sukashi bashi: Rather than turning over a fish, picking away the meat from under the bones 14.8
17 揃え箸 soroe bashi: Suddenly lunging at dishes with chopsticks ready 13.1
18 空箸 kara bashi: Picking up food but not eating it 8.7
19 移り箸・渡り箸 utsuri bashi, watari bashi: Aiming to pick up one dish, but then suddenly switching to another 8.7
20 涙箸 namida bashi: Allowing tears of soup to drip from your chopsticks 7.8
Rank 日本語 Explanation Score
1 仏箸 hotoke bashi: The gaijin etiquette book favourite, standing your chopsticks up in a bowl of rice 100
2 指し箸 sashi bashi: Pointing at people or things with chopsticks 91.9
3 叩き箸 tataki bashi: Making a noise by striking dishes with chopsticks 90.1
4 寄せ箸 yose bashi: Pulling dishes closer with chopsticks 84.8
5 舐り箸 neburi bashi: Licking your chopsticks 73.4
6 合わせ箸 awase bashi: Passing food from chopstick to chopstick – another foreigner etiquette book favourite 71.0
7 噛み箸 kami bashi: Chewing chopsticks 68.2
8 涙箸 namida bashi: Allowing tears of soup to drip from your chopsticks 67.4
9 突き箸・刺し箸 tsuki bashi, sashi bashi: Spearing food then eating it 62.6
10 せせり箸 seseri bashi: Poking or playing with your food using chopsticks 62.1
11 迷い箸 mayoi bashi: Hovering chopsticks over the dishes while humming and hawing about what to eat 56.1
12 移り箸・渡り箸 utsuri bashi, watari bashi: Aiming to pick up one dish, but then suddenly switching to another 49.9
13 空箸 kara bashi: Picking up food but not eating it 49.5
14 違い箸 chigai bashi: Using a mis-matched pair of chopsticks 48.0
15 洗い箸 arai bashi: Washing chopsticks in soup 46.2
16 撥ね箸 hane bashi: Pushing away disliked food with chopsticks 36.0
17 揃え箸 soroe bashi: Suddenly lunging at dishes with chopsticks ready 35.0
18 掻き箸 kaki bashi: Holding a bowl to your mouth and shovelling food in 33.1
19 持ち箸 mochi bashi: Grabbing a dish, glass, etc whilst holding chopsticks in the same hand 29.8
20 込み箸 komi bashi: Stuffing too much food into your mouth 28.0