Learning Manners during Lunchtime

Ryosuke Komori

DIVER | Kyoto

Ryosuke is a publisher who has been based in Seattle. He was born in Kyoto.

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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