When in Asia, it's never a good idea to stick your chopsticks straight up in the rice -- that's how food is offered to the dead. And while you're at it, don't pass your chopsticks to anyone else at the table -- that's a Buddhist funeral rite.
But if you are in Japan, it's OK to slurp your noodles. Just don't fill your own glass with alcohol; instead, you should pour for others and wait for them to reciprocate. Otherwise, they'll think you're an alcoholic. And to show appreciation, give a gift,...Full Story