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.
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. ]