Before and after we eat each meal, almost Japanese say a word. We learn these words at first as compliment or discipline when we are childhood. We say “Itadakimasu” before meal and “Gochisousama” after meal.
Both words express
appreciation for being able to eat foods and a person who cooks meals.
A verb, "Itadaku" いただく in Japanese means polite way of saying for eat or get something. So
Itadakimasu expresses thanks for bless of nature and foods. Gochisosama express
thanks for all people who are concerned with foods, especially a person who cooks meal, bot include of producers or farmers.
They are simple words, however, very important to think about appreciation of foods. I think they are good words.
When I was a small child, I didn’t know much the meaning of words and why we
should say before and after meal. I just said as a custom. However, I really know about the importance of using this word.
We can’t live without all of nature. And eating is fundamental to our life.
These words remind us of blessing of foods and my present happy situation.
delicious food is my pressure of my life. I always want to say Itadakimasu and Gochisousama appreciating all of nature.