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Itadekimasu – School lunches, Japan-style

Rigorous hygiene, food grown on-site, pupils and staff dining together in classrooms – just your typical lunchtime at a Japanese elementary school for 6- to 12-year-olds… As can be seen in this video filmed at Harigaya Elementary School, Saitama prefecture, and uploaded by the New York-based environmental campaign group Cafeteria Culture, the pupils’ daily midday […]

Callum Fauser
by Callum Fauser

Rigorous hygiene, food grown on-site, pupils and staff dining together in classrooms – just your typical lunchtime at a Japanese elementary school for 6- to 12-year-olds…

As can be seen in this video filmed at Harigaya Elementary School, Saitama prefecture, and uploaded by the New York-based environmental campaign group Cafeteria Culture, the pupils’ daily midday meal is quite the undertaking…

Look out for…

• The main pupil we follow, Yui, showing off the lunch mat, chopsticks, toothbrush and mug (for brushing her teeth) that she brings to school each day. (0.35)

• An impressive-looking haul of potatoes grown by the schools 6th graders in the school’s own farm being worked into mash by the school’s catering staff. (1.40)

• Lunch being served in the classroom. (2.13)

• The pupils on serving duty undergoing a hygiene, health and safety check that’s probably better than your average British greasy spoon café… (3.04)

• Games of rock, paper scissors to decide who gets extra portions from the food that’s left. (6.23)

• The milk monitor taking no half measures when it comes to recyling those mini Tetra-paks. (7.15)

• An example of how to very cheaply outsource responsibility for your school’s cleaning… (8.01)

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