June 27, 2007

Say Itadakimasu before a meal



Everyone knows that Japanese is a homogeneous and cultural society. There is a greeting for every single little thing in life. For example, if you enter into a store, the storekeeper or owner will welcome you with "irashaimase", and when you are about to leave, maybe you will be greeted with "okini", or a simple thank you, "domo arigato gozaimashita". Normally before a meal, the greeting is "itadakimasu", while "gochisosamadeshita" is greeted after meal. Even though some might treat these greetings as nonsense acts, but it is a culture for the Japanese. However, recent news about a man that beat a 1-year-old boy, leaving him unconscious, because the boy did not show the proper etiquette while eating raise the questions over such culture.

A 20-year-old man was arrested in Osaka Monday on suspicion of beating a 1-year-old boy, leaving him unconscious, because the boy did not show the proper etiquette while eating. According to police, restaurant owner Masato Shimoshiraki, 20, allegedly beat his girlfriend's son Toshihisa Tsuboi, 1, about the face multiple times around 12:30 pm. Saturday because Toshihisa did not say "Itadakimasu" properly before eating his lunch.

Toshihisa remains unconscious, police said. Bruises were also found on the boy's sister leading police to suspect that the two children have been repeatedly abused constantly. Police are also questioning the mother.


So do you think such greeting is still relevant?.

via [JT]

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1 comments:

-Princess Shin- said...

Oooh.. That is being too overboard!!! That poor one year old kid! Only one year old!!! So sad to hear this kinda news.

But thanks for sharing the info on Japanese language! I took some classes last year and kinda forgotten some of the phrases. Was trying to remember what to say before people eat and you posted it! Hehe.. Thanks!