03/10/2011 11:43 | By Gilly Pickup, contributor, MSN Travel
Table manners worldwide: the MSN Travel cheat sheet

Slurping your appreciation

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It's the classic way to make a klutz of yourself when you're travelling - ignoring local culinary conventions. But not with our global guide to table etiquette

Table manners are generally rather refined in Japan - until it comes to noodle soups. Slurping is the name of the game here and, as a guest, you'll be expected to join in: it shows that you appreciate the host's hospitality. When you're eating rice or soup, remember to lift the bowl up from the table towards you.

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