Octopus On A Stick Tokyo Japan

Sea monster ice cream deserves good table manners

I like chewy, hot squid on a stick – even though it looks like a cross between an ice cream and a sea monster.

It’s not easy to eat, though, and I often make a mess. I now realise that my rudeness may be fuelling resentment among my Japanese hosts.

Are they too polite to tell me I am doing things wrong?

Find out how to improve your eating etiquette in this week’s Japan Story blog.

Japan Story’s blog is written by former BBC Tokyo Correspondent Duncan Bartlett. Each week he analyses how Japan’s story is being told to the world through the international media.

Photo credit to MIKI Yoshihito