Just like any other country, Japan is rooted in its cuisine, culture, and food customs.

And when it comes to mealtime, upholding courtesies and respect for guests – and ultimately the food – are central to a successful meal.

Japan is renowned for its cultural expressions, idioms, and values that bind communities together, and it’s at mealtime when these expressions are most valued.

If you’re planning on travelling, living, or working abroad in Japan, be expected to practice your etiquette!

But if you’re unfamiliar with the vocabulary of Japanese cuisine, you’re not alone. Learning any language is a long journey, especially when it comes to ritual language.

Luckily, with this infographic from TakeLessons, you’ll be off to a great start!