Japanese Table Manners

let food get ready

The Japanese say “I shall begin” to start having a meal. Why?

I saw in the Japanese TV shows that people all say this sentence before eating and I am very curious.

Smile re:

To let the food be prepared psychologically.

[Note: The Japanese phrase いただきます “itadakimasu” is translated as “I shall begin [eating]” in Chinese. The popular English translation is “I receive.” The phrase expresses one’s appreciation for the gift from nature. ]



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