Meals in Japan traditionally begin with the phrase itadakimasu (いただきます, literally, “I humbly receive”). The phrase is similar to “bon appétit”, or saying grace to give thanks before a meal. It is said to express gratitude for all who played a role in preparing, cultivating, ranching or hunting the food. This also acknowledges that living organisms have given their life to human beings as Dāna.
When you say “Itadakimasu”, put your hands together like the girls in this photo. This is the typical pose Japanese people do even unconsciously.
“Itadakimasu” contains a meaning of thanks. So don’t forget to say this especially when you are invited.
Upon finishing a meal, the Japanese also use the polite phrase gochisōsama-deshita (ごちそうさまでした?, lit. “you were a feast (preparer)”). Sama is the honorific word which gives respect to the person, therefore, this phrase gives respect for making the meal.
Saying these typical phrases are very important to be polite. Japanese people are taught these phrases when we are small. This baby has already acquired “Gochisōsama”! And this phrase means also thank you like “Itadakimasu”. So don’t for get to say them especially you are invited to someone’s home or in a restaurant!
▼The best moment for taking a picture
Somehow, Japanese people tend to take a photo when toasting. It’s a good timing for photo, as everyone can be in a photo and their faces are so excited since they cannot wait for the cheerful meal!!
“Oishii” means delicious, tasty, yummy! So don’y forget to say this word if the meal you are eating is yummy!