Prior to moving to Japan, lunch time was something I looked forward to. It was that special time when I was able to take a break from class or work, have something good (or at least okay) to eat and relax.You know, be one with the food. Well…then came Japan. I’d say that probably after a week of eating Japanese school lunch I realized I wasn’t too into it. As the weeks went on, my ‘not too into it’ only got worse. I started seriously dreading lunch time.
Students in Jamaica have options at lunch time. There’s the standard cooked lunch (also known as box[ed] lunch) as well as patty, hot dog, pizza etc. If you have as good a high school cafeteria as I did, then the options are endless.
Unlike Jamaican students, Japanese students have no options. Everyone eats the same lunch. Everyone. Principal right down to students. Kyushoku (school lunch) is a meal usually comprised of a soup of some kind, a starch (normally rice though there are exceptions, and sometimes you have more than one starch), protein (usually meat though it is sometimes tofu or egg), milk and often a fruit or vegetable salad. Each day there is a different meal, but whatever it is, you either eat it or go hungry. No other choices for you. See some for yourself:
Does anything you see tickle your fancy?
Until next time,
P.S…I gave up kyushoku at the end of the last (my first) term. Hoo-ray.