Photos: JIS students go to Tokyo restaurant to learn about Japanese eating etiquettes

December 12th, students at grade 7 – JIP programme, Japanese International School took part in Japanese eating etiquette session at Tokyo Deli restaurant. Students are taught basic Japanese eating etiquettes such as how to use napkins, chopsticks, how to pick up foods, how to swallow, and how to enjoy some typical Japanese cuisine with guidance from Ryo Ozawa, a Japanese teacher. 

Mr Ozawa teaches students about a dessert, Zensai

Japanese dishes were recognized by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage in 2013. Here are 4 featured characteristics of Japanese cuisine: the variety in ingredients, the freshness and tastiness, a balanced nutrition as well as good eating habits. Besides, eating etiquettes have become an art because Japanese pay much attention to eating habits. 

Since childhood, children are taught about the eating etiquettes. Before eating, they should say ‘Itadakimasu’ and after eating, they should say ‘Gochisousama’ to express the gratefulness to the cooks. While eating, the children should sit properly, use spoons and chopsticks in the right way; they should stay quiet and they should know how to set up the table. These are the signs of educated people.

Before eating, JIS students should say ‘Itadakimasu’ and after eating, they should say ‘Gochisousama’ to express the gratefulness to the cooks. 

This lesson is helpful to the JIP students as they have practiced the basic eating etiquettes and they can use them when they have lunch at school. This will help students to adopt a more polite and courteous eating habits and to become more confident when they enter Japan to work or study further. ‘I have learned many things about Japanese eating habits. The dishes are very good and I have eaten all of them. I find using the chopsticks difficult but I have managed to do it.’ Nguyen Quang Vinh, a JIS student, said. 

According to Ms Yamakoshi Moe, a grade 7 JIS class teacher, this lesson has succeeded in providing students with Japanese eating etiquettes. Students have learned useful things, especially how to use chopsticks and how to enjoy foods in a polite and courteous way. "After this lesson, we will try to help students practice Japanese etiquettes in the lunch time so that they can master them", she said.

Below are some photos of this lesson:

Students attentively listen to Mr Ryo Ozawa talking about Japanese eating etiquettes

Each student is giving a handout with basic Japanese eating etiquettes

Students are studying the handout carefully during Ryo Ozawa’s presentation

Japanese pay much attention to details such as how to use chopsticks, put down chopsticks and pick up foods

In the lunch time, JIS students have already practiced some Japanese eating etiquettes. This lesson helps students to master these.

Mr Ryo Ozawa teaches students to use chopsticks like Japanese people

JIS teachers also study the Japanese etiquettes to teach students better

Students are seated with their name cards in front of them 

Mr Ryo Ozawa teaches students how to use toothpicks. The students should turn around or go to the toilet when using toothpicks

Students learn how to use wet napkins. Japanese people do not use this kind of napkins to clean mouths, necks or shoes

Students are served green tea made in Japanese way

Students learn how to drink tea 

Yakimono is one of the famous Japanese cuisine.

The students use one hand to hold the plate and sit properly

The Agemono dish with shrimps and seasonal vegetables

Some vegetable students are served vegetable dishes. JIS respects the choice of each individual

Ms Nguyet teaches students how to use the chopsticks

Teachers go around and give students support

Students enjoy mushimono with eggs, shrimps, chickens, and fish 

Students learn to put the chopsticks properly on the table

This lesson provides students with deeper understanding of Japanese culture so that they become more confident when entering Japanese to work and study. 

Video: Eating etiquette lesson in Tokyo restaurant of grade 7 JIS students

Thanh Tri