Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in February

I can’t believe my contract with Interac is almost up! It’s flown by (though sometimes, it’s felt like it’s dragged on forever…) and I can’t believe the school year is almost over. Here’s February’s menu, as if I need a reminder that I won’t have many school lunches left…

When you come to Japan (or even before), one of the first things you hear about school lunches is that you have to eat everything that’s served to you, regardless of whether or not you like it. And while this is mostly true, it is much more important if you eat with your students. If you don’t, then you don’t really need to. I don’t drink milk, so I don’t take it at all. Some of the teachers are “dieting” and will only eat half the bread given to them and throw it away. A benefit of being self-serve is you can somewhat control what you’re going to eat, and adjust accordingly.

Japanese Elementary school lunch
Bread, quiche, apple jam, and cabbage soup

 

Japanese Elementary school lunch
Radish soup, rice, and beef cubes

 

Japanese Elementary school lunch
Coleslaw salad, apple yogurt, boiled potatoes, and meat sauce spaghetti

 

Japanese Elementary school lunch
Cream of mushroom soup, bread, and pickled vegetables

 

Japanese Elementary school lunch
Daigaku imo (“college potato”), twist bread, and vegetable soup
Japanese Elementary school lunch
Fried fish, rice, boiled cabbage, vegetable soup, and joa (drinkable yogurt)

 

Japanese Elementary school lunch
Chinese noodles, bread, and spicy daikon

 

Japanese Elementary school lunch
Chicken karaage (fried chicken), curried rice, and cabbage with sesame dressing (My favorite lunch!)

 

Japanese Elementary school lunch
Sekihan (red bean rice) with salted sesame seeds, fried fish, and salad

 

Japanese Elementary school lunch
Mapo tofu, rice, and pork and vegetable salad

 

Go-moku yakisoba and fruits in yogurt

 

Japanese Elementary school lunch
Vegetable soup, fried fish, and rice

 

Japanese Elementary school lunch
Vegetable soup, “German potatoes”, white bread, and strawberry jam

 

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