Hello everyone, Doni is here.
Today I talk about the commonly scenes in daily school lunch time and dietary education in Japan.
There are no dining room in our school. Most of school in Japan don't have dining room, because Japan is small country, Some rebuilt schools or private schools have lunch room. But it is very rare.
But we Japanese turn it into positive. School lunch is sent up to each class rooms. Upon arrival every pupil in the class hase a role to play.
Firstly all students lay dining space in the class room. Some class mates put apron and take the place of servers. They are responsible for serving lunch to the other class mates.
I think it is funny and also have a pride in our school lunch program.
In Japan, the present school lunch program has been implemented under the "School Lunch Act" enacted in 1954. The main purpose of the school lunch program is to promote healthy development of the minds and bodies of school children.
Later, "The School Lunch Act" was revised in 2008 and its aim was changed to "promoting Shokuiku".
Shokuiku means "dietary education". As of May 2009, approximately 10 million school children participate in the school lunch program. This program itself is an educational activity.
People with good manners do that every meal when they eat with their family or when they are invited to other people’s houses as we
Meals in Japan traditionally begin with the phrase "Itadakimasu". Also it is customary for pupil and student to say "Itadakimasu" all together before eating lunch at school. Upon finishing a meal, we also use the polite phrase "Gochisosama-deshita"
It is originally meant to show our appreciation to life, nature, a person who cooks a meal, farmers, serves the food or makes money to feed us,
Lunchtime discussions focus on community, friends and every child’s social responsibility. Lunch is a lesson in itself with many of the issues over spilling into the curriculum.
They could also learn proper manners, by having meals together with classmates. Furthermore, understanding of balanced diet and food culture can be enhanced through learning the menu of each meal.
Sometimes teacher also guide to sit up at lunch time. And say, "Don't put your elbows on the table", "Keep your back straight." or “Hold the bowl in one hand, and the chopsticks in the other". Teachers need to play a role similar to parent at home. Thanks for a job well done.
I remember that a teacher used to anger to me "Doni! Don't talk with food in your mouth!" It is good memories for me. ;-)
This unique manner of eating in Japan is unusual in the world, even in the same cultural area where people use chopsticks for eating, such as China, Korea, and other South East Asian countries, where people recuse themselves from holding a plate to eat something.
On the other hand, recent advance of Japanese cuisine overseas is gaining foreigners' understanding of Japanese table manners.
Teacher should to eat school lunch because it is one of education. Especially a principal of the school must eat that lunch for inspection of meal in advance.
Oh... There is a question to you from Doni
In your country, does a teacher eat school lunch with pupil at a dining room ? Please advise.
OK. lunch time is coming. I introduce our school lunch menu for Tuesday;
Cooked Rice with Taro (Eddoe), Clear Soup with Mozuku seaweed, Egg Rolls, and Milk.
Health rating- 7/10
Courses- Rice, 2 sides,
Price- JPY234yen (Approx. US$2.9 ￡1.8 )
Pieces of hair- 0
Today my friend, a veteran school dietician sent a picture for Martha.
Never second? Please don't mention it.
Mixed Rice with Soy Bean, Miso soup with Deep-fried Tofu and Autumn Vegetable, Mackerel Teriyaki, Kidney Beans Salad, and Milk.
Are you stuffed already? If you say yes, there is a question for you.
Where does your food go after you eat it?
Excuse me. This is a special apron to teach for pupils that a good appetite and regular motions are the signs of good health. It is one of the dietary education, maybe. ;-)
Do you want it?