At mealtime in Japan, people use knives and folks for Western food, while they use chopsticks for Japanese food. The chopsticks are made of cedar or bamboo, plastic, ivory. In most households in Japan, each family member has their own chopsticks and children usually use chopsticks shorter than those of adults and sometime their chopsticks have a pretty picture. When they eat together from a shared hot pot or a large plate, one picks up pieces with the chopsticks provided for picking-up use. The acts such as receiving a food through chopsticks or sticking chopsticks in rice are taboos because they associate funeral behaviors. Hovering your chopstick above the food wandering what to eat and scrape off rice on your chopsticks with a rice bowl edge are also considered bad manners.
(Above is my translation of a question from a past guide certificate test.)
Akiko lives in a city next to Hakodate and loves to drive around Hakodate and surrounding area. I hope people who visit or live in the Southwest area of Hokkaido come to love the area, too. 函館の隣町在住で道南エリアのドライブ大好きAkikoです。道南を訪れたり、住んでいる人が土地を好きになってくれたらなぁ、と思います。