“Itadakimasu” is one of the customs that strongly reflects Japanese food culture. Put your hands together before the meal and say, ‘itadakimasu’.
It is a custom of expressing thanks and gratitude. There are three main objects of gratitude.
The first is thanks for the foodstuff. Foodstaff are part of every non-us life.
Next is thanksto those who were involved in the meal. The food comes from the people whogrow, transport, cook and service the ingredients.
The finally isgratitude and thanks to nature and God. We can grow food only because of thenatural environment.
This is acasual greeting. However, understanding and using the meaning will lead torichness in the mind. In楽良食道（lucky-shoku-dou）, wereview what we do every day. Life is a daily accumulation. Something may happenone day and dramatically change your life, but most of the time, your dailyactions will greatly change the future. Let’s look back at what we’ve put our powerin today’s day. We can see if we have directed our lives to the one wewant.
1. Food staff
2. Peopleinvolved in the meal
3. Nature andGod
If you do eachone politely, you can live your life politely. What is itadakimasu in yourcountry?