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  • noun A moist towel for cleaning the hands, offered to customers in Japanese restaurants and bars.


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  • Like the excellent custom of handing out hot towels called oshibori to customers who've just sat down to order -- there's nothing that makes you feel positive about a restaurant like cleaning your hands (and face, although it's bad manners) with a steaming hot towel.

    Anime Nano! 2010

  • Your napkin (if you're not using an oshibori in a case) goes on the bottom middle, followed by the flattest object (usually the bento box).

    unknown title 2008

  • Rounded objects (fruit, drinks, oshibori and hashi cases, and rounded ice packs) are stacked above.

    unknown title 2008


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