Interacting With the Chef

Preparing to Eat Sushi
The wet towel is for cleaning your hands before you eat, mostly because the traditional way to eat maki and nigiri sushi (probably what you're used to seeing) is with the fingers.

Using Wasabi and Ginger With Sushi
Believe it or not, no matter how much you enjoy the burn, turning your soy sauce into a cloudy mess by mixing in wasabi is not the proper way to eat sushi. 

How to Eat Sushi the Right Way
Fortunately, there are no pretentious guidelines as to which type of sushi you should eat first, and no strict order follows. 

If you particularly enjoy something the chef made, tell him, and ask for another piece.

Sashimi (slices of raw fish) is typically eaten with chopsticks, but the traditional way to eat sushi (items served on rice) is by lifting a piece between your thumb and middle finger. 

Picking up the sushi with the fingers allows you to feel the texture and helps to keep it together, rather than damaging it with wooden sticks.

Nigiri is often the default type of sushi served.

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