VIDEO: Speakin’ Japanese: Let’s Eat!

Photos by Shoji Kudaka
Photos by Shoji Kudaka

VIDEO: Speakin’ Japanese: Let’s Eat!

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Japan

In Japan during mealtime, we often say “itadaki masu,” which literally means: “I have this meal with gratitude.”  It’s a phrase to thank those who cook the meal, and also a Japanese way of saying “let’s eat.”

Likewise, once done eating, they would say “gochiso sama deshita,” which means “thank you for the meal.”   




So next time you have a meal with your Japanese families and friends, try these phrases:  


“Gochiso sama deshita”

(“Itadakimasu” – the verbs “itadaku (receive)” + “shimasu (I do~)”, “Gochiso” – a fancy meal, “sama” – a suffix to address a person with an honorific title or a polite way of referring to an object)

OK, stay safe and see you in the next episode of Speakin’ Japanese. 


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