Though I may not be teaching elementary school anymore, while I was there I found that there were some interesting differences between a Japanese, public elementary school and an American one. One of the major differences was public school lunch (I’m sure that’s no surprise). In the US, I knew of kids who brought lunches from home (more often than not, I was one of those kids) and those who at the school-made lunches. When I was teaching public school, I never saw anyone carrying a lunch from home. Everybody eats the school-made lunches. Having eaten both, I have to admit that I think Japanese public school lunches (給食, kyushoku) beat the pants off the lunches I remember at my elementary school (except for pizza day). So to give you a sense of what Japanese school lunch is like, I wanted to just show you pictures of ten random, days of Japanese school lunch. ITADAKIMASU!!
**The reason why I just say “soup” in each of the pictures is because I honestly don’t know the names. I apologize for that in advance. If anyone knows…there’s a comment space below just begging for your to post your info!**
The typical Japanese style lunch consists of rice, some form of protein (fish, chicken, beef, etc.), vegetables, soup, and milk. Overall the meals are well balanced and often really tasty. IF you’re a teacher here in Japan, what are lunches like at your school? I’d love to see pictures . If you’re unable to post pictures in the comments section, feel free to pictures to me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you soon,