Do you know the words “Itadakimasu” and “Gochisosamadeshita” in Japanese ?
This is the greeting before/after eating in Japan.
Today, I will tell you about this meaning and history.
What is Kami in Japanese?
God is translated as “Kami” in Japanese.
Think of God and Kami as separate things.
God is the only being in the religion.
God created the universe itself, but Kami appeared after the universe was created.
Since ancient times, Japanese think kami(God) is, in short, a personalization of a natural phenomenon.
Nature for Japanese
According to the Japanese view of nature, nature is considered to be a higher concept than human beings, and Japanese think that “people are alive by the blessings of nature.”According to traditional Japanese values, “people are descendants of God.”The descendants of God mean that “people are descendants of nature.”
Manner of eating
Japanese view of nature like this can also be seen in, for example, the manner of eating every last grain of rice. It has been the basis of Japanese education that “if you don’t eat every last grain of rice, you will lost your sight”.
Greeting before/after eating
Also, we say “Itadaki-masu” before meals. This means “I will receive your life”.It comes from the fact that people cannot survive unless we continue to ingest the lives of animals and plants.
We also say “Gochiso Sama Doshita” after meals with gratitude to the people who prepared the meal.
Do you understand Japanese food culture?
It might be little bit complicated. But it is also important for Japanese hospitality : Omotenashi.
If you go to Japanese restaurant, let’s try to say the greeting and do not leave foods!
If you are interested in Sushi culture, I recommend SUSHIDO with sushi (We also have vegetarian menu) when you visit to Tokyo.