Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Itadakimasu and Gochisousama いただきます、ごちそうさま

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.

Eating delicious food is my pressure of my life. I always want to say Itadakimasu and Gochisousama appreciating all of nature.


dtedac said...

Sweet Memory,
I have always heard Japanese people using these words at meal time, but recently I read something about the deeper meaning of them. We give thanks to those who made the food and for all of the plants and animals who give us life by the sacrifice of their beings. It seems to bring peace to the whole universe by expressing these words. Thank you for this topic.


S said...

how lovely thought towards nature :)

Sweet Memory said...

Hi, David

Thank you for your comment. I'm gled you always read my blog.

It is good thing to appreciate foods at every meal. Because we are happy to be able to eating something to live. After earthquake we always appreciate safe foods and water.

I want to let you know about TV series "Mitocohmon". It will finish this year. The series in October is final...

Tee said...

Thank you so much for this post. I used to think "Gochisosama deshita" was only used when someone treats you to a meal. I now know that it means thanksgiving. It is a beautiful phrase and reminds me of saying grace before I eat :) I thank God for blessing me with food and for the people that made it!