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Japanese language & etiquette in Deutschland

EDIT: We're back! To my husband's relief, I took y'all's advice and didn't try to speak any Japanese, but I kept an ear out for what the employees (all of Asian descent) were speaking. Though some spoke Japanese amongst themselves, others -- our teppanyaki chef, for example -- only spoke German to everyone.

I was a little surprised to hear my German husband breaking into English whenever things got confusing. :)

I never did get to look at any teppanyaki ettiquette before we went, but I don't think we made asses of ourselves. We smelled burning hair coming from our neighbors at one point, though. D:
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Why didn't I think to ask y'all earlier? In about 18 hours I have a dinner reservation at a very fancy, pricy, internationally-oriented Japanese restaurant in Frankfurt, which specializes in sushi and teppanyaki. I'm nervous.

The waitresses seem to be more comfortable with English than German, but I can't be sure. They were really short with me on my last visit and on the phone. Is this normal? Any hints on finding out which language my waitress prefers to use?

Is it awkward and dumb of me to say 'konichiwa' and 'domo arigato' to the waitresses, or cute?

I'll be at a teppanyaki table. If anyone can give me a quick link for etiquette before I head out, I'd appreciate it! I need sleep more than research at this point. :)

TIA!
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