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  • Japanese school lunches

    I've just found out about Japanese school lunches, and I wanted to share.
    Basically, every student at school has a school lunch, it's not optional. They eat in their classroom and serve each other, instead of having a cafeteria and dinner ladies. They even get a menu with the ingredients on it. The meals are all nutritionally-balanced and they look delicious. I'll put some photos down below.
    I saw a video of it, and they even do this at elementary school. It looks so organised and friendly. I wonder if they always get on in the groups that they have to sit in? Or what they do with food they don't like. As usual I have loads of questions!
    Oh yeah, and can anyone tell me what some of the food is? I mean, I can recognise an egg, and noodles and rice, but is that milk in the carton? What is the packet of stuff in the middle photo?

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  • #2
    I wish my lunches were that balanced! And yes, Japanese are really an amazing sample as a human being. I think like Koreans they made sure their food is well balanced with vegetables, milk, protein and carbs. Another reason for their longetivity of life I guess?

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    • #3
      Wow, it reminds me my school hood. Japanese school food which we called Kyu-syoku is quite well balanced and tasty.
      I was really looking forward to lunch time when I was kid.
      Especially, Curry rice and stew taste was incredible.
      FoodieSam Yes, milk is in the carton, and packet of middle of picture is dry fish and nuts which is crunchy and tasty.

      Yes, Kyu-syoku(school provide the lunch)is common in Japan, and every few weeks, you have to be in charge of lunch server, normaly 5-6 children become together,
      one of them serve rice, another one serve miso soups, like that, then class room children queing to get lunch.
      It`s good oppoortunities learn something cooperate, to share everyone etc.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the info, Nobita! It sounds like they even think about the different textures in the school lunch as well. That's way more dedication than it seems we get over here. That photo is great as well; it's exactly like the video I saw. I forgot how grown-up the children look in their face masks and hats. They look really serious about it. I guess they all want to get sat down and eat, ha ha. I looked forward to lunchtime at school anyway, but I'd probably be even more excited if I got to eat that. It looks like a good portion of food. I guess if school lunch is compulsory, it should also be fairly cheap. Is that right?
        I just had a thought as well: what happens if there's leftovers?

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        • #5
          Wow! That is so good, unlike the cafeteria food in some schools in America which looks like prison food. lol

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          • #6
            I've also watched a few videos about Kyu-shoku and it's really an interesting concept. For example, I often wondered why students in Japan (elementary - junior high) are given the tasks of serving the food to their classmates during lunch time. I think this system serves as a lesson for students to help them understand what a "balanced diet" is like. It also gives them the so called "early work experience". The act of preparing the food, serving, cleaning and eating teaches them at an early age that even though they are young, they are able to handle responsibilities of their own. Today, some Kyushoku meals incorporate not only food in Japan, but foods from other countries as well.

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            • #7
              that's a far cry compared to michelle obama's so called "healthy" school food which many call "prison" food. hahaha

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