Have we all been eating our sandwiches badly all this time?
When it comes to being a “well-behaved” person, it’s not just about knowing the right words to say when interacting with a cashier. It’s about paying attention to the little things about the way you behave.
At least it seems to be according to Emi Sunai, representative of Manner School Livium, a Japanese school of manners for adults. It’s his job to teach people the little ways in which they can adjust their ways to look “well behaved.” His best-selling book, What only well-behaved people know (Sodachi ga Ii Hito Dake ga Shitteiru Koto), for example, details 250 different ways to be polite in everyday situations.
One piece of advice she shared during a recent appearance on the TV show The class I want to take the most in the world (Sekai-ichi Uketai Jugyo) in fact caused a stir among viewers and internet users. You see, to eat a sandwich elegantly, she said you had to eat it from the side.
The problem with things like sandwiches, burgers, dorayaki and other foods that you eat with your hands, she believes, is that when you bite them, they have one bite mark left, which is apparently unsightly in polished circles. It is, she said, something you want to avoid if you want to look like an “elegant lady” while eating.
According to Sunai, there is two ways to avoid leaving bite marks, and thus eat a sandwich with elegance. The first is that instead of taking a bite out of the sandwich as a whole, you should break it into bite-sized pieces. This way, you won’t have to worry about leaving a bite mark in your food.
But the suggestion that made the most noise when it appeared on television was its method of turn the sandwich on its side to eat it, instead of eating it flat. This, she said, will not only be help you avoid leaving bite marks in your sandwich, but will also be help keep all of the ingredients in the sandwich from spilling out the sides when you bite it, allowing you to eat the sandwich most nicely.
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Now, if this sounds like absolute poppy to you, you are not alone. Japanese internet users have also been baffled by this strange method of eating sandwiches.:
“Won’t all the ingredients in the sandwich fall out this way?” “
“The problem is, even if you eat sandwiches like this, it still won’t make you a ‘well-behaved’ person.”
“Just bite into your sandwich without wasting unnecessary time thinking about his ways. “
“Sandwiches were invented so you could play cards and eat at the same time, so I don’t think they’re meant to be eaten in fancy ways.”
“She’s out of ideas so now she’s just making things up.”
“This weird way of eating sandwiches seems like bad manners, so I wouldn’t.”
“If you’re worried about leaving bite marks, why not just use a knife and fork? “
“If I turn my Giga Big Mac on its side and bite it, there will always be a bite mark and the cake is going to fall off, so won’t it just be bad manners anyway? “
It should be noted that Sunai specifically uses the little sandwiches you get as part of the afternoon tea for example, you know, the kind you get on the three-layer board. But she adds that this method can also be used for burgers, so it would seem that the most “well-mannered” way to eat any type of sandwich food is, oddly enough, to the side.
This concept is similar to the rules for eating rice balls laid out by another expert in the way, which caused a similar uproar on the internet. It seems like the rule of thumb for ‘well behaved’ behavior is not to let anyone see the bite marks on your food, which, unless you break everything into tiny bite-sized chunks, seems almost impossible, but here we are.
That being said, I can pretty much guarantee that I’ve never in my life paid attention to bite marks on someone else’s food, and since responses from netizens indicate that many of them think that eating a sandwich on the side is ridiculous, I think it’s good if we all continue to eat our sandwiches within the generally accepted framework.
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