Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in January

It’s good to be back in the routine… Kind of. Being on vacation always makes me want to quit working. Anyway, here’s January’s school lunches. I also (finally) remembered to take a picture of the whole month’s menu, in case you were wondering what that looks like. If you can’t read Japanese, it may be a bit difficult for you at school… My main elementary school is a “self service” […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in December

December is over! Well, I only worked half of December anyway and had (unpaid and paid) vacation the rest of the time… Let’s talk about the size of my school lunches. I worked in a Junior High under my last board of education, and let me tell you that there is a very big difference between the JHS meals and ES meals. Primarily, the difference was in the size. When […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in November

Here’s the monthly menu for my meals in November. If you haven’t noticed, I don’t eat lunch with my students. On occasion, I will eat with my students if invited to, but for the most part, I eat in the back of the teacher’s room with the other office staff. At my secondary school, I do eat with my students (which is why there are no pictures from my other […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in October

It’s that time of the month again… Now that October is over, I have a compilation of October’s school lunches. If you didn’t notice, we also got trays this month! My Friday school already has trays, and it looks like my main school is following suite. So, I teach at two different schools. One is strictly an elementary school, and one is a much smaller specialty school that has elementary, […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in September

Here’s September’s school lunch menu! Things are starting to get a little bit different, thankfully! The end of summer vacation and the start of the second semester signals a change in the kyuushoku menu. For the most part, the meals are somewhat seasonal and use only fruits and vegetables that are in season. A lot of the time, students will ask for a certain dish, only to be told that […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in July

I hope you find July’s lunches insightful. This is a slightly shorter list because the middle-end of July is when summer vacation starts! Which means that I don’t get lunch for half the month because I’m not in school for half a month. 🙂 I’m also not in school for the majority of August. I think I only worked two days in August. However, because the school lunch is billed […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in June

Here’s June’s edition of my school lunches! I’m slowly working on the backlog! Please forgive me! If you haven’t noticed, I don’t drink the milk that’s provided with the school lunch. Luckily, my school isn’t too strict about what I have to eat. In fact, I see some other teachers mixing the milk into the coffees they bring to lunch, etc. I have a pack of furikake in my desk […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in April/May

Researching teaching in Japan, I heard horror stories about some of the school lunch combinations ALTs are served. Now that I’m a teacher, I decided to contribute and share some of the school lunches I eat on a daily basis. Luckily, I haven’t had any combinations that have made me question the entire system… But that’s not to say that some days are less appetizing than others! This will be […]

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