#047 School Lunches

Thinking of cafeterias… chips, pizza or packed lunch sandwiches? No way!

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School lunch, called ‘kyuushoku’, is a little more like… milk, noodles, fish, seaweed and veggies.

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Or maybe some fried cutlets, rice balls and fruit. Or maybe a bit of whale

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From elementary school until senior high school most Japanese kids eat the same set lunch (and the teachers, too).

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They’ll don their white hats, masks and coats in order to serve the food to their classmates.

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There’s always some healthy milk, rice/bread/noodles, a type of soup and a main dish (and sometime you’ll get a tasty desert).

Most Japanese adults talk fondly of their school lunch days.

Even though sometimes it can be a bit gross – fish full of eggs with their heads still on, tiny whole fish in your rice or even fried whale – it’s still good for you and high in nutritious calories (an average lunch has 800-900 cals).

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