Learning Manners during Lunchtime

Everyone looks forward to lunchtime. At Japanese elementary schools, lunch is full of variety, from fish to curry rice to hamburgers. Meals are nutritionally balanced. And students take turns serving lunch to their classmates. They’ll change into the proper uniform and deliver lunch to the other students. This is how Japanese children first learn about hospitality.

Sometimes the servers may sneak a little extra for their buddies. And when there are lots of leftovers, they’ll share with everyone. At the end of the meal, everyone bows to those who were on duty that day.

While enjoying lunch, these students are also learning their manners. What do you think about Japan’s school lunches?

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Ryosuke Komori was born and raised in Kyoto. The city's deep cultural heritage and centuries-old traditions helped shape him as a young man and still influence him today. As a college student, he and friends started an email magazine business called MaguMagu! The success of that business made Ryosuke realize he needed to tell more stories about Japan in new ways. That's how QAZJapan and Origami magazine were born. With QAZJapan, Ryosuke is taking his media skills to a whole new level! He hopes you dive into the site and enjoy.

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