Moving into a new place is always a matter of adapting to your new space, developing new habits and losing old ones. For example, I’m learning to take my shoes off at the door and strictly within the gekkan area, and learning more slowly to keep my slippers on and transfer neatly between the two.

I’m learning to work in a kitchen with no oven, only a microwave, a hot plate, and a rice cooker. The strangest thing I’ve noticed is my use of chopsticks. Without intending to go native with my cutlery, I’ve ended up using them almost exclusively.

Of course, I have a full set of western cutlery, it was one of the first things I bought. I even use the spoons for yoghurt. However, I’ve found that chopsticks are just really convenient for everything else. It’s easy to delicately pick up food one-handed while surfing the interwebz with the other, without the risk of a minor slip spilling the whole lot. They’re also incredibly easy to clean.

I don’t want to make a big deal of cutlery, but it’s just crossed my mind that I haven’t picked up a fork in weeks.

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