Oshibori manners?

おしぼりのマナー

What is Oshibori ?

おしぼりってなに?

Most of Japanese restaurants offer "Oshibori",which is a wet hand towel, as soon as you sit at a table, to clean your hands before the meal.Depending on the season,"Oshibori" temperature is changed.
An ice-cold wet towel is used in Summer, and a hot one in Winter. This custom is unique to Japan, because it has meaning, it's not only to clean your hands but also to show welcome and to give thoughtful service to customers.Paper Oshibori (in a thin plastic wrapping) have been increasing recently.
When you buy Onigiri(Rice ball) or sandwiches at a convenience store , most convenience stores give you a Paper Oshibori with those meals!

日本のほとんどのレストランでは、席に着くとさっと水で濡れた布(おしぼり)を手渡してくれます。夏ならキンキンに冷たく、冬にはアツアツ。季節で温度が違います。これは、日本の独特な習慣なんですね。手をキレイにするのだけでなく、お客様に対してのおもてなしを込めた気遣い。最近は、紙タイプのおしぼりも増えています。また、コンビニでおにぎりやサンドイッチを買っても一緒につけてくれます!

1.  When you are handed it in a restaurant ,use it as soon as possible. 
2.It is basically for cleaning your hands.  Pressing it gently on your face or neck is OK. But cleaning yourself  or wiping your face, neck, and mouth, seems inappropriate.   
3. It's more inappropriate if you wipe the dirt off the dinning table. If you spill something accidentally, please ask the waiter. 
Please feel refreshed  before the meal by using this original "Oshibori"  in Japan!

1. 手渡されたらすぐに使うこと。 
2.基本的には手を拭くもの。顔や首にそっと当てるぐらいは大丈夫ですが、ごしごしとタオルのように顔をこすったり、ナプキンのように口元を拭ったりはオススメしません。 
3.机の汚れを拭くのはNG。こぼした時はお店の人を呼びましょう。 
 日本ならではのおもてなし「おしぼり」で、食事前にリフレッシュして♪

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