TO ENJOY LUNCH: Students are to internalize manners and enjoy a sociable lunch. They are also taught the correct way to hold and place dining ware; to follow the proper posture (sitting and eating) and master basic manners when eating.
TO HAVE A HEALTHFUL LUNCH: Students are to know about types of food (see Nutrition more), their uses for the body and how to create a balanced meal. Children should also understand the daily importance of food, and how best to include healthful meals in one’s diet. Through the medium of school lunch, children will be able to understand correct portions, establish desirable eating patterns, and understand the importance of regular meals.
TO CONSIDER FOOD SAFETY & HYGIENE: Children are expected to pay attention to food safety and hygiene when preparing and cleaning up after a meal. They are also expected to cooperate as an entire class in preparation and clean up while taking independent responsibility for their roles.
TO MAINTAIN A GOOD DINING ENVIRONMENT: Children should promote a well-manned and relaxed atmosphere when dining and through its maintenance. Children should be mindful of the correct utensils and dining ware while assigning adequate portions depending on the day’s menu.
FOOD & CULTURE: Children should learn about the preservation and development of local food culture to help maintain traditional flavors. In the classroom, children are also to learn about the production, circulation and consumption of foodstuffs.
LABOR & APPRECIATION: Children should participate with a proactive attitude help with preparation and clean-up. Children should also understand the efforts put into the meal and hold respect and appreciation for its makers and the bounty of nature.
GAMES, RESEARCH PROJECTS, ROLE PLAY, COOKING PROJECTS, FIELD TRIPS, GARDENING, MENU CREATION, SCHOOL-WIDE COMPETITIONS, FOREIGN LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES.
Below are listed rough cost guidelines for the out-of-pocket expense for parents as of 2011.
Monthly (¥/$) Daily (¥/$)
Elementary School ¥4,098 ($47.29) ¥204 ($2.35)
Junior High School ¥4,116 ($47.50) ¥205 ($2.37)
High School ¥4,126 ($47.61) ¥206 ($2.37)
Comparing the cost of school lunches of the United States (which continue to rely heavily on prepared or frozen products and run about $2.46 to $2.58 per meal, if un-subsidized) Japan’s homemade and fresh school lunch seem like a steal to an outside observer. However, the compulsory nature of school lunch and its fees the biggest problems facing the system today. Many parents find the fees too high to afford, or simply do not wish to pay.